Israelis rank economy as top concern, survey finds
More Israelis dissatisfied with the government's social, economic policies than with international political situation, says poll conducted by the War and Peace Index.
More Israelis are dissatisfied with the government's social and economic policies than with the international political situation, according to a poll conducted by the War and Peace Index.
According to the poll, taken at the end of June, 62 percent of Israelis said the government was performing "badly" or "very badly" when it came to economic and social issues.
Eighty percent said they were "very disturbed" or "quite disturbed" by the socioeconomic situation, while 71 percent said they were "disturbed" or "very disturbed" by Israel's international political situation.
The poll was headed by Professor Ephraim Yaar of Tel Aviv University and Professor Tamar Hermann of The Israel Democracy Institute.
According to Yaar, 36 percent of those polled said they support a social democracy (defined by the War and Peace Index as "a system by which the state is very involved in socioeconomic issues" ). Meanwhile, 19.3 percent revealed a capitalist worldview and indicated a preference for a state that "does not intervene in economic and social issues and supports a free market."
According to the survey, 27 percent of the Jewish population said their economic situation had improved in recent years, as opposed to 41 percent who said there had been no change, and 31.5 percent who said their economic situation had worsened.
In the Arab sector, only 1 percent of those polled said their economic situation had improved, as opposed to 19 percent who said it was unchanged, and 75 percent who said their economic situation had gotten worse in recent years.