Channel 10 Poll: Kadima Loses 13 Seats

A poll by Channel 10 indicates Shaul Mofaz's rise to lead the Kadima hasn't changed the party's loss of public favor.

Gabe Kahn,

Shaul Mofaz
Shaul Mofaz
Israel news photo: Flash90

A Channel 10 poll released Wednesday revealed Shaul Mofaz's seizing control of Kadima still hasn't changed Israel's largest political party's fall from populist grace.

Earlier Wednesday, Mofaz defeated MK Tzipi Livni to become Kadima's new party leader.

"Kadima is the governmental alternative to Netanyahu and I intend to lead Kadima and lead the Israeli government on a new path," he said.

However, the Channel 10 poll indicates, were elections held today, that Kadima under Mofaz would win just 15 seats in the Knesset. It currently holds 28 seats.

According to the poll, the Likud party would win the election with 32 seats. The Labor party would grow to 15 seats, one more than Israel Beiteinu at 14 seats.

A theoretical party headed by Yair Lapid would garner 9 seats. However, Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Independence party still fails to pass the threshold to be seated in the Knesset.

In the last elections Kadima won 28 seats to Likud's 27, but chairwoman Tzipi Livni failed to form a coalition resulting in Netanyahu being tapped for the premiership.