Polls predict seats for Livnis party

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Two polls predict six or seven seats in the Israeli parliament for Tzipi Livni’s new center-left party, which was launched on Nov. 27.

A Smith Research poll of 500 Israelis commissioned by the Jerusalem Post and the Globes found Livni would garner no more than six seats in Israel’s Jan. 22 general elections.

A second poll, commissioned by the daily newspaper Haaretz and canvassing 514 Israelis, predicted seven seats for the party, Hatnua (the Movement). Haaretz did not name its pollster.

In the first poll, Likud Beiteinu, the new grouping uniting the two leading parties in the current coalition, would win the elections with 39 seats, while the second poll predicted 37 seats.

Both polls have an error margin of 4.2 percentage points, and both were conducted on Nov. 27 after hard-liners scored high in the Likud primaries. — jta