New poll: Kadima 41 mandates, Likud 18, Labor 17

A poll published Thursday morning shows Kadima's popularity rising, with the party receiving 41 mandates - two more mandates than a similar survey showed last week. The poll, carried out by the Geocartogrphy Institute under Professor Avi Dagni, noted that support for Kadima rose despite the fact that 46 percent of the population viewed Omri Sharon's nine-month jail sentence for corruption as "appropriate and just." The Likud, following the conviction of MK Naomi Blumenthal this week, got 18 mandates - two fewer than last week, and Labor remained stable with 17 mandates.