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Poll: Likud Party Waning

With less than four months until Israel’s general elections, a recent poll suggests Israel’s ruling Likud party is drastically losing support.

A poll conducted by the Dahaf Institute for the Israeli mass circulation daily Yediot Aharonot suggests the party is on a sharp decline. If elections were to be held today, the Likud would gain ten seats in parliament. A similar poll conducted last week indicated the party would gain 13 seats.

The Likud’s former leader Ariel Sharon bolted his party last week to form a new political party called Qadima.
General elections are slated for March 28, 2006.

According to the poll, Sharon’s Qadima party is in the lead, followed by the Labor Party, and the religious Shas party, ranking Likud in the fourth place.

The poll questioned 500 people, representing Israel’s adult population. The margin of error is four percent.