A WOMAN walks past a campaign billboard for the Joint (Arab) List in Umm el-Fahm yesterday.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Israeli Arab voter turnout was 63.5 percent in the election compared to 56% in 2013, according to the Statnet research institute, which had predicted a 63.4% turnout prior to the election.
Yousef Makladeh, CEO of Statnet.co.il shared its research data and polling statistics prior to the election with The Jerusalem Post on Monday, which demonstrated that the polling company was surprisingly accurate in its pre-election polling.
Makledeh said that 82% of Israeli Arabs voted for Arab parties in the Joint (Arab) List compared to 77% who voted for Arab parties in 2013. The institute’s polling had predicted 81.5% four days before the election.
In 2013, the Arab parties together received 349,000 votes compared to 444,000 in this election, an increase of 27.3%.
A Statnet survey prior to the election had predicted 430,000 Arab votes and 12,000 Jewish votes for the Arab parties.
The Joint List ended up with 13 seats in the Knesset.
Apart from the Joint List, Arab voters supported in descending order: the Zionist Union with 22.8% (25,806 votes), the Likud 15.3% (17,394), Yisrael Beytenu 13.7% (15,538), Kulanu 11.8% (13,432), Meretz 11.2% (12,752), Shas 8.8% (10,016), and Yesh Atid 4.1% (4,662).
The remainder of the parties received less than 3% from the Arab public, according to Statnet.