Protests, policymaking, and voting

By SARAH STONE / JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH
February 2, 2017 21:23
2 minute read.
Voter Turnout for Parliamentary Election Israel

Voter Turnout for Parliamentary Elections in Israel's Largest Cities by Education Level, 2015. (photo credit: JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH)

 
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The first few days of Donald J. Trump’s presidency in the United States triggered widespread protests in American cities and across the globe – including in Israel. Though a relatively superficial measure, protest attendance could offer a soft analysis of civic engagement. It appears that the populace has been awakened, both abroad and locally, to respond to government policies.

Here in Jerusalem, residents have relatively low belief in their influence on state policies; in the Central Bureau of Statistics 2015 Social Survey in Israel, in response to the question “Can you influence the government’s policies?,” 13% of Jerusalem residents with a bachelor’s degree responded “Yes, to some extent.” This is comparable to Israel’s average; 14.4% of Israel’s residents believe they can influence the government’s policies to some extent.

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