Labor Leads in New Poll

With less than six weeks to go before election day, the Labor Alignment is leading Likud by a 44-28 percent margin, according to the results of a poll released today by the Hanoch and Rafi Smith Public Opinion Research Center.

The figures showed Labor’s lead up from 41 percent in April. Likud’s 28 percent represented no change since then.

The two religious parties — National Religious Party and Aguda Israel — declined from 12 percent to 10.5 percent. Other parties in the Likud-led coalition held steady at 5.5 percent. Former Defense Minister Ezer Weizman’s new Yahad party was up to 3.5 percent from three percent in the earlier poll.

The smaller opposition parties showed a gain from 4.5 to five percent. The number of undecided voters dropped from six percent to 3.5 percent.

The pollsters cautioned that much can happen and much can change before the voters cast their ballots on July 23.

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