New Year poll: Israelis feel insecure

Opposition to disengagement up 12%; 78% of Jews suspicious of Israeli Arabs.

September 22, 2006 00:46
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New Year poll: Israelis feel insecure

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Israelis feel less secure today, after the war in Lebanon and with Iran building its nuclear capability, than they did a decade ago in the wake of the Rabin assassination and a spate of suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, according to a Smith Research poll for The Jerusalem Post. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they felt the country was less secure now than it was a decade ago, compared to 18% who felt the country was more secure and 19% who felt the situation was the same. The remaining 7% were undecided. Looking back on last year's Gaza Strip withdrawal, the poll found that Israelis' views had changed considerably. Fifty-five percent said they now opposed the disengagement, and 38% said they now supported it. Forty-three percent said they opposed disengagement at the time, compared to 48% who said they had supported it. Surveys conducted by Smith Research last year found that 53% supported disengagement and 36% opposed it. In a week in which Arab MKs were questioned by police for visiting Syria and Lebanon, 78% of Israeli Jews said they were extremely suspicious of the Israeli Arab population. The same number said they believed Israeli Arabs were not loyal to the state, while only 15% said they believed they are loyal. Regarding the assertion that Israel is found today in a struggle for survival, 75% agreed and 23% disagreed. Voters of the Left were split on the issue, and 75% of Israeli Arabs said they did not believe that Israel was fighting a battle for survival. Asked whether Israel was more corrupt than other Western countries, 39% said yes, while 40% said Israel was no more corrupt than other Western countries. Israel is a better place to live in than other countries, according to 45% of respondents. Sixteen percent said it was just as good as other countries and 27% said it was worse. The poll was conducted September 17-18 among a representative sample of 501 Israelis. The sampling error of the survey was 4.5%.

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