Poll: Likud Party picks up strength

Nov. 30, 2012 at 7:34 AM
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JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Less than two months before Israeli elections, a poll Friday indicated the Likud Party is gaining strength after primaries showed it was moving to the right.

Results of the Mina Tzemach-Dahaf poll indicate the ruling party would win 37 Knesset seats if elections were held now, four more seats than in a poll taken at the beginning of November, , Ynetnews reported.

Elections are Jan. 22.

The survey indicated the rightist political bloc will have 49 Knesset members, the Haredi parties will have 18 Knesset seats and the left-center coalition will have 42 seats. The Arab parties will have 11 representatives, the poll indicated.

Sixty-two percent of Israelis said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was better suited to lead Israel while 19 percent cited Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich, results indicated. When asked to choose between Netanyahu and the Kadima Party's Tzipi Livni, 55 percent said Netanyahu would be a better prime minister and 30 percent backed Livni.

Results are based on responses provided by 700 Israeli adults. The dates of the poll and the margin of error were not provided.

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