TEL AVIV (Jan. 31)
Premier Yitzhak Rabin may be the most popular candidate with Israeli women but he makes a very poor showing among university students according to the results of a series of polls released here.
Women who responded to a questionnaire selected Rabin as their favorite by 20.6 percent, followed by Defense Minister Shimon Peres (17.5 percent), Likud leader Menachem Beigin (14 percent) and, Yigal Yadin, leader of the Democratic Movement for Change (4 percent).
On the Haifa Technion campus, however, students favored Yadin’s movement by 27.8 percent, followed by Peres (26.6 percent) and Rabin, a poor third (13.9 percent). Beigin almost tied Rabin with 13.6 percent approval. Gen. Ariel Sharon, head of the Shlomzion movement, trailed with 8.3 percent.
Peres topped the list at Bar Ilan University where he was favored by 21 percent of the student body followed by Beigin (20 percent) Yadin (13.5 percent). Sharon (6.4 percent) and Rabin and former Foreign Minister Abba Eban tied with 4.3 percent each.
Former Defense Minister Moshe Dayan polled only 3.2 percent and former Interior Minister Yosef Burg of the National Religious Party got only 1 percent of the student vote at religious-oriented Bar Ilan. At Tel Aviv University. Likud swept the field with 74 percent of the student vote.