Poll: Public supports draft, electoral reform, and referendum bills

The most popular was referendum bill, which would require asking the public before signing a deal to give up land inside pre-1967 Israel.

March 15, 2014 21:18
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Weekly cabinet meeting, October 20, 2013.

Lapid, Ya'alon, Shalom, Bennett at cabinet meeting 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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A majority of the Jewish public supports the three key pieces of legislation that passed last week in the Knesset, according to a Gal Hadash poll published over the weekend in Israel Hayom.

The public backed the electoral reform package that raised the electoral threshold to 3.25 percent, the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) conscription bill, and the referendum legislation, the survey of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the Jewish population found.

The most popular of the three was the referendum bill, which would require asking the public before signing a deal to give up land inside pre-1967 Israel or land to which Israeli law has been applied since then. The bill is supported by 70.7% of the population and only 17% oppose it. The percentage saying they did not know was 12.3%.

Sixty-one percent support the conscription bill, while 22.9% oppose it and 16.1% did not know.

When asked whether they supported raising the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%, 55.6% answered affirmatively, 15.5% said no and 28.9% did not know.

The poll had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

The Knesset will begin a lengthy recess following Wednesday’s parliament session. MKs will return from their extended Passover break on May 11.

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