Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign to bring popular political and military figures into his Likud Party ahead of Israel's upcoming general election appears to be paying dividends, according to the results of three public opinion polls published on Thursday.
A poll conducted for Israel Radio showed Netanyahu's Likud winning a commanding 34 seats in the next Knesset, compared to just 23 for the currently ruling Kadima Party.
The other two polls, published in Yediot Ahronot and Ha'aretz, had Likud winning six more seats than Kadima (32-26 and 34-28).
All three polls had Ehud Barak's Labor Party dropping to 10 seats or less in the next Knesset.
Just a month ago, polls had Likud and Kadima running dead even.
Key to Likud's surge are Kadima voters who say they will return to the Likud fold in the upcoming election. According to additional data collected by one of the polls, 26 percent of those who voted for Kadima in 2003 will vote Likud in February.
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