majority of 29 seats, followed by Labor with 18
YNET Published: 06.21.07, 10:01 / Israel News
Should Israel hold general elections today the Likud Party would emerge as the winner with 29 seats in parliament, followed by Labor with 18, a new poll has showed.
An opinion poll held before Ehud Barak's election as Labor leader predicted the left-leaning party would win 16 seats under the former prime minister's leadership.
The new poll also suggested that support for the Likud Party shrank from 30-34 to 29 seats after Barak's election as Labor head on June 12.
The ruling Kadima party is set to be the biggest loser if elections were held today as the poll predicts Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's party to win eight seats, a sharp drop from the 21 seats it currently holds.
Some 20 percent of respondents who voted for Kadima in last year's elections said they would shift allegiance to Likud and 10 percent to Labor, while a third said they remain undecided.
The dovish Meretz Party would drop from five to four seats, the poll found.
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