Poll shows Kadima and Likud neck and neck

Livni and Netanyahu's parties each predicted to win 30 seats, Labor and Yisrael Beiteinu 12.

livni after vote primaries 248 ap (photo credit: AP)
livni after vote primaries 248 ap
(photo credit: AP)
A new poll published Friday puts Kadima and Likud neck and neck. The poll, conducted by the TNS Teleseker firm for Ma'ariv and coming hot on the heels of the Kadima primary, predicted that the parties of Tzipi Livni and Binyamin Netanyahu would each win 30 seats. It also showed that Labor and Yisrael Beiteinu would each get 12 mandates, Shas would win nine and Meretz - running with the new Hatnua Hahadasha - would win seven. 800 people were interviewed for the poll. The margin of error was the equivalent of two parliament seats. In Wednesday's Kadima primary, Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik clinched the third spot on the part list, behind those reserved for Livni and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz. Itzik will be followed on the list by MK Tzahi Hanegbi and ministers Ronnie Bar-On, Ze'ev Boim, Meir Sheetrit, Ruhama Avraham-Balila and Avi Dichter. MK Marina Solodkin rounded out the top 10 in a slot reserved for an immigrant candidate. Livni expressed confidence that the candidates elected would help her bridge the gap with the Likud, which is leading in the polls, and emerge victorious in the February 10 general election. However, Likud issued a statement calling the Kadima list "a tired and boring collection of recycled failures with no vision, who have already proven that they cannot run the country." Labor lawmakers charged that 80% of the Kadima list was made up of former Likud MKs. They warned potential voters that if they supported Kadima, their vote could go to MKs who could split from the party and return to Likud.