84% of Israelis think gov't is corrupt

Mere 1% say leaders of the ruling Kadima Party not tainted by corruption.

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
January 10, 2007 22:08
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84% of Israelis think gov't is corrupt

knesset 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Nearly 85 percent of the Israeli public thinks that the country's leadership is corrupt, while more than half said that all Israeli political party leaders are tainted by corruption, a survey released Wednesday showed. 94% of the public believes that corruption weakens the state, while 71% of those polled said that the corruption of the leadership leads to corruption in the general public, the survey found. Fifty-two percent said that there was not one political party in Israel whose leaders were not tainted by corruption. Seven percent said that the leaders of the far-right National Union-National Religious Party were not corrupt, while an equal percentage believes that the leadership of far-left Meretz Party is untainted by corruption. Five percent said that Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu Party was not corrupt, while an equal percentage said the same about the leaders of the Pensioner's Party. Only 3% said the leaders of the Labor Party were not corrupt while a mere 1% said the leaders of the ruling Kadima Party were not tainted by corruption, the survey found. Sixty-five percent of those polled said that the bribery suspicions involving senior tax authority officials are well founded, while 18% said the opposite. The complete survey will be broadcast on the Knesset Channel Thursday at 10:30 p.m. The Dahaf Institute survey carried out for the Knesset Channel was conducted on Monday among 300 people. There was no margin or error listed in the survey.


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