The Likud party would be the leading vote getter if Knesset elections were held now, according to results of a survey by the Panels Politics organization, broadcast Thursday by the Knesset television channel. The party would have 29 seats, one more than currently occupied by Kadima, which would drop to three. Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Atzma'ut party would not pass the threshhold for representation.
The Labor party would nearly triple with 23 seats. About 35 percent of the public would like to see Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich at the top of a center-left union. Other choices to lead such a union are former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni (11 percent) and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid (10 percent). Former prime minister Ehud Olmert picked up nine percent of the votes for that position but 64 percent of those surveyed said they don't want him to return to politics following his corruption conviction.