TEL AVIV (Sep. 28)
Two public opinion polls published today show Labor would win over the Likud if elections were held now.
A Dahaf Research Institute poll taken for the Monitin magazine indicates that if former President Yitzhak Navon were to head the Labor list it would win seven more seats in the Knesset than a Likud list headed by Yitzhak Shamir.
If Yitzhak Rabin were to head the Labor list Labor would win by three seats, but would lose by six seats if the Labor list were headed by Labor Party head Shimon Peres, and the Likud list by Shamir.
The Dahaf poll showed that Defense Minister Moshe Arens is the most popular Likud leader and would give the Likud list eight seats more than a Labor list headed by Peres.
The poll also showed that Ariel Sharon is the least popular of the Likud leaders. A list headed by Sharon would lag behind a Peres-led Labor list by two seats. A PORI (Public Opinion Research Institute of Israel) poll published in Haaretz, dealing only with party strengths and not the personalities of their leaders, showed the Labor Alignment gaining 39.2 percent of the vote, with another I.I percent for Shulamit Aloni’s Civil Rights Party which is now part of the Alignment, against 35.5 percent for the Likud.
These figures are a 2.6 percent increase for Labor over its strength at the last Knesset elections, and a decline for the Likud of 1.6 percent.