Daily Israel Report

Poll: No Future for the Labor Party

Most Israelis think the Labor party has lost touch with its roots, and will not recover from its recent split. 'Independence' values in question.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 1/26/2011, 10:50 PM / Last Update: 1/27/2011, 1:15 AM

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Most Israelis think the Labor party has lost touch with its roots, according to a poll conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach of Dachaf for Channel 99, the Knesset channel.

Just 1% of respondents believe there is a strong connection between today's Labor party and the historic Mapai party in terms of values, while 45% believe there is no connection at all.

Many doubt Labor's future as well, with 69% saying they do not believe the party will recover from the recent split in its ranks. Labor head Ehud Barak and several supporters left Labor last week to form a new party that they are calling “Independence.”

Twenty-four percent believe that Labor will go on to be a successful party despite the split.

Those polled expressed doubts about the new Independence faction as well. A full 75% said they believe the new party has no diplomatic platform, while just 8% said they believe it does.

Similarly, 70% said they believe the new party has no social platform, while 8% believe it does. Among those who believe there is an Independence social platform, respondents were split as to whether that platform is socialist – like that of the historic Labor party – or capitalist.

The full survey will be published Thursday on the Knesset channel.