Poll: Israel’s Labour party in free-fall

By AFP – 23 Oct 2009

JERUSALEM — Labour, the dominant party for the first three decades of Israel’s existence, would only get seven MPs in the 120-strong parliament if elections were held today, according to a public opinion poll published on Friday.

The party headed by Defence Minister Ehud Barak already saw its support plummet in the February elections when it got only 13 MPs.

The poll published in the Yediot Aharonot daily said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party would get 33 seats, the centrist Kadima 28 and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ultra-nationalist Israel Beitenu 12.

The survey was conducted among 500 people and has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

Labour governed Israel since the creation of 1948 until 1977.

The next general election should be held in November 2014.

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