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Israeli Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes Toward Democracy in Israel


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Israel Democracy Index 2012 (May 2013)

Based on your understanding on "Zionism," how would you characterize the State of Israel today?

  Jews Arabs Total
Very Zionist
11.7
33.5
15.5
Quite Zionist
44.6
35.1
43.0
Not so Zionist
33.5
11.5
29.7
Not at all Zionist
7.7
7.3
7.6
DN/NA
2.5
12.6
4.2

Is the State of Israel today democratic in the right measure, too democratic, or not democratic enough?

 
2003
2004
2005
2006
2009
2010
2011
2012
Much too democratic
4.9
9.6
8.1
4.6
7.2
6.8
7.6
8.0
Too democratic
15.5
16.2
15.3
12.5
18.7
20.3
16.8
16.0
Democratic in the right measure
46.2
29.7
39.4
36.5
32.8
34.0
34.1
42.4
Not democratic enough
25.5
34.2
29.0
34.1
27.3
29.0
27.5
26.6
Definitely not democratic enough
7.3
8.7
7.2
11.5
10.4
6.6
11.8
4.7
DN/NA
0.6
1.6
1.0
0.8
3.6
3.2
2.2
2.3

Israel is defined as both a Jewish and Democratic state. Which is more important to you?

 
2010
2011
2012
Jewish
32.4
29.5
34.3
Democratic
17.0
22.9
21.8
Equally Important
48.1
46.1
41.9
Neither Important
1.7
1.0
0.5
DN/NA
0.8
0.5
1.5

Do you agree or disagree that Arab Israelis are discriminated against as compared with Jewish citizens?

 
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2011
2012
Disagree totally
27.4
23.8
21.9
27.4
20.8
27.3
36.0
29.8
30.9
Disagree somewhat
17.1
10.8
21.7
18.1
22.4
19.7
20.3
17.2
21.2
Agree somewhat
30.2
30.6
26.0
25.0
24.9
24.4
17.7
27.0
25.1
Agree strongly
24.9
32.3
29.2
28.3
27.9
25.6
22.6
22.7
19.5
DN/NA
0.4
2.5
1.2
1.2
4.0
3.0
3.4
3.3
3.3

Trust in Israeli Institutions ...

2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2012
Army/IDF
91.8
90.5
87.3
86.8
91.6
91.0
Supreme Court
83.6
76.3
77.0
68.5
81.7
86.7
Police
85.0
80.3
67.3
65.3
77.9
82.2
Knesset
79.9
57.5
65.4
67.0
79.0
78.8
Government
80.0
72.9
60.4
66.4
76.6
79.3
Media/Press
71.8
75.3
72.0
68.5
74.5
72.4
Political Parties
65.7
49.2
53.1
59.5
68.3
64.6

Speakers should be prohibited from harshly criticizing the State of Israel in public ...

 
2007
2008
2009
2011
2012
Disagree totally
19.5
15.8
23.0
22.4
32.4
Disagree somewhat
24.4
24.7
18.0
23.6
15.1
Agree somewhat
21.8
21.5
19.3
23.3
19.8
Agree strongly
12.0
12.4
35.4
27.5
28.8
DN/NA
3.8
5.8
4.3
3.2
3.9

It is never acceptable, under any circumstances, to employ violence for political ends ...

2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2012
Disagree totally
7.3
12.6
9.5
13.2
18.1
7.5
Disagree somewhat
10.3
8.5
13.0
12.5
12.3
3.8
Agree somewhat
25.1
17.5
22.0
14.2
14.8
10.9
Agree strongly
56.7
63.3
49.4
56.8
53.6
76.6
DN/NA
0.6
1.1
3.1
3.3
1.2
1.2

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