Poll: Israel Beiteinu tied with Labor

Likud still leading with 27 slots, losing one seat to Lieberman; Kadima a close second with 23.

Lieberman 248.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Lieberman 248.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israel Beiteinu is emerging as the party that would be most strengthened in the February 10 general elections, according the results of a poll published Wednesday. According to the Ma'ariv-Teleseker poll, Likud is still the leading party with 27 Knesset seats, losing one seat to Israel Beiteinu, which is slated to win 17 seats in the upcoming elections. Kadima has narrowed the gap with Likud and is predicted to win 23 mandates. Labor, according to the poll, remains steady with 17 mandates. The survey's results show little change from last week's poll, except for Israel Beiteinu's gain at the expense of Likud. Shas also remained steady at 10 Knesset seats, as well as Hatnua Hahadasha-Meretz (6), United Torah Judaism (5), and Arab parties Hadash and United Arab List (four each). The two religious-Zionist parties, National Union (NU) and Habayit Hayehudi, switched one seat between them, with NU gaining one and predicted to win four seats, and Habayit Hayehudi expected to win three, compared to four in the last poll.