84% of Israelis wouldn’t emigrate if given the chance, poll says

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(JNS.org) Despite a decrease in the trust Israelis have in police, government, and political partiesin their country, a strong majority (84 percents) of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis would not choose to emigrate if given the opportunity, findings from the annual Israeli Democracy Index survey revealed.

In the Israel Democracy Institute think tank’s survey of 1,019 adults, Arab trust in Israeli police decreased from 56.9 percent last year to 43.7 percent, and Jewish trust was down from 45 percent to 42 percent. Trust in Israeli political parties and the Knesset legislature was also low amongst respondents, but both Arab and Jewish citizens had higher levels of trust than last year in the IDF, the media, the health care system, the Supreme Court, and the Israeli president.

Amid the current wave of terror, 67 percent of respondents believe there is a high level of tension between Arabs and Jews in Israel, which is actually a slight decrease from last year. Among those respondents, 64 percent are Arabs and 43 percent are Jews.

A majority of Jewish respondents (60.8 percent) favored limiting the right to vote in Knesset elections and to be elected to the Knesset to those who show allegiance to the State of Israel, reflecting respondents’ concern about the anti-Israel rhetoric coming from some lawmakers in the Joint Arab List political party. The survey showed that more than half of Israelis believe Arabs cannot identify as Palestinian and be loyal Israeli citizens at the same time.

Posted on November 11, 2015 .