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Poll Shows Dayan Would Beat Eshkol if Elections for Knesset Were Held Now

A poll published here today showed that Defense Minister Gen. Moshe Dayan would beat Prime Minister Levi Eshkol by nearly two to one if elections to the Knesset (Parliament) were held now. According to the findings of the Public Opinion Research Institute, Gen. Dayan would poll 33.4 percent of the vote to just over 17 percent for Mr. Eshkol. Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon would win 15 percent and Foreign Minister Abba Eban 11 percent, the poll found.

It also showed that 33 percent of the voters would cast ballots for the Rafi faction if it broke away from the Labor Party and had Gen. Dayan at the head of its candidates list. Twenty-two percent of regular Labor Party voters said they would have second thoughts if the left-wing Mapam was aligned with the Labor Party. The Labor Party secretariat is scheduled to vote today on whether to approve such an alignment now.