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A Smith Research poll sponsored by Jerusalem mayoral candidate Moshe Lion found that he is the favored candidate among secular, traditional, and religious Jewish voters.
The poll asked 500 such voters and none of Jerusalem’s massive haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population who they would vote for if the October 30 election would be held now.
Among the current five candidates, 25% said they preferred Lion, who paid for the poll. City Councilman Ofer Berkovich finished a close second with 21%; 16% chose Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin; 7% said former Jerusalem city attorney Yossi Havilio; 3% former city official Avi Salman; 14% were undecided; 10% said they did not intend to vote; and 4% declined to respond.
In a two-man race, the poll found that Lion would beat Elkin 37% to 26%. Seventeen percent said they were undecided; 16% said they would not vote if those were the two candidates; and 4% declined to respond.
IF the two candidates were Lion and Berkovich, the race would be closer, with 35% picking Lion; 29% selecting Berkovich; 22% calling themselves undecided; 10% declining to vote; and 4% declining to respond.
When asked about each candidate’s fitness to be mayor, both Lion and Berkovich had more people saying they were fit than unfit. For Lion, 42% said fit and 18% unfit. For Berkovich, 38% fit, 23% unfit.
Elkin had more people saying he was unfit to be mayor, 29%, than calling him fit, 25%.