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Poll sees Olmert election loss

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Ehud Olmert would be crushed by his rivals for top office if Israeli
elections were held now, a television poll found. Results of the Channel 10
survey broadcast Wednesday showed that the Israeli prime minister would take
only 3 percent of votes if early elections were called. By contrast, former
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the opposition leader, would win
30 percent.

Behind Netanyahu in popularity were likely Labor Party
candidates Ami Ayalon and Ehud Barak, who scored 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Avigdor Lieberman, the strategic affairs minister from the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, was seen picking up 7 percent. The only potential rival found to be less popular than Olmert was
Defense Minister Amir Peretz, who like the prime minister is widely perceived in
Israel as having mishandled last year’s Lebanon war. Peretz, the Labor leader, was seen with 1
percent of votes.

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