chapter  4
Current Situation: Internal Developments
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This election was unanimously considered one of the most crucial in Israel's history. First, it was a major test of the durability of the partisan realignment which started in 1977. Numerous academic surveys and commercial polls have indicated that some 70 percent of Labor support comes from higher status, older Ashkenazim, whereas some 70 percent of Likud voters are lower stratum Sephardim and young Israelis. Since the younger and Sephardi voters constitute a majority in the electorate, Labor is bound to lose support unless it can appeal to these groups.