Poll: 25% of Voters Could Change Their Minds Before Elections

Haaretz-Dialog-Channel 10 survey reveals that Labor has lost the most votes in the past month.

Twenty-five percent of eligible voters are liable to change their votes before election day on March 28, according to a Haaretz-Dialog-Channel 10 poll conducted Monday under the supervision of Professor Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University.

The survey set out to measure the average citizen's confidence in his or her intended vote, as well as the number of voters who have changed their minds in the last month.

The poll asked respondents about the likelihood their minds would change before the elections and found that potential Kadima and Labor supporters are the most confident in their votes.

Only 22 to 23 percent of voters from these two parties said they could potentially change their minds by the end of March, as opposed to the 31 percent of Likud voters who exhibited indecision.

When asked if they had changed their minds in the past month, 11 percent (equivalent to 13 Knesset mandates) of the 622 respondents answered in the affirmative. Further questions determined that 28 percent of this number had initially intended to vote Labor, 21 percent Likud and 15 percent Kadima.

These numbers reveal that, in the last month, the Labor Party has lost more votes then the other two parties, Kadima and Likud, that are fighting for control of Israel's political scene. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Kadima Party, on the other hand, lost the fewest voters.

The reasons given for the shifts were Amir Peretz's behavior, Shimon Peres' departure from Labor to Kadima, Tzachi Hanagbi and Shaul Mofaz moving from Likud to Kadima and the election of Benjamin Netanyahu as Likud chairman.