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Labor Would Have 2-1 Edge over Likud if Elections Were Held Now

The Labor Party would lead Likud by two to one and be able to form its own government if elections were held now, according to a poll published in Haaretz Friday. The poll was taken by the Poli Public Opinion Research Institute.

It showed the Labor Party’s popularity rating up nine percent, since the last elections in 1984 and Likud’s down by 9.1 percent, less than a month before Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir takes over as Prime Minister under the coalition rotation of power agreement.

According to the poll, Labor is favored by 45.1 percent of the electorate and Likud by 22.8 percent. Parties that usually support Labor rose in popularity from 5.1 to 6.6 percent which would enable the Labor Party to form a government of its own choosing with a 52.7 percent majority in the Knesset.