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      Poll: Likud Would Lose Repeat Vote

      New elections would be bad for Likud, good for Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 3/7/2013, 6:24 PM

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      New elections would be very bad for the Likud, a poll from Panels Politics published Thursday has revealed. In a repeat vote the Likud Beytenu party would get just 23 seats, and would no longer be the largest faction.

      The winner would be Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, which would grow from 19 seats to 29

      The survey, conducted for the Knesset, found that the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) faction would come out ahead as well, with 18 seats in place of its current 12.

      The Labor party and Shas would both shrink, going down to 13 and 9 seats respectively in place of 15 and 11. Some Labor votes would apparently go to Meretz, which would increase to 7 seats, the poll found.

      Tzipi Livni's Hatnua would shrink to just 3 seats.

      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a coalition. He has reached an agreement with Hatnua and is currently in talks with Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi, which have agreed between themselves to enter the government together or not at all.