'Gender a minor issue in election'

In survey, only 17% of Israeli voters say they take gender into consideration when voting.

By SHELLY PAZ
February 3, 2009 22:53
1 minute read.
'Gender a minor issue in election'

livni hot 298.88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Only 17 percent of Israeli voters say that they take gender into consideration when they vote, according to a poll released this week. The survey, which polled 566 men and women who are eligible to vote in next Tuesday's general elections, was conducted by the Ma'agar Mohot polling institute for the WePower Organization, which works to promote gender equality. According to the survey, almost half the public, 46%, believes that increasing the number of women in the Knesset would improve the functioning of the parliament. A little more than a third, 36%, said it would not change the way the Knesset works and 18% thought it wouldn't change anything. One-fifth of the women surveyed believe that men block women's promotion in politics - a little more than the number of men surveyed who felt the same way (14%). Only 17% percent of all those surveyed said that gender plays a role in how they vote. Eighteen percent of young voters said it influenced them, as opposed to 8% of the older voters surveyed. Some 62% of all voters surveyed said Kadima leader and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was the most influential woman in politics. Labor MK Shelly Yacimovich placed second with 9%, and 5% cited Kadima MK and Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik. Just under 60% of the public said they would not encourage their children to run for the Knesset, while 30% said they would. "I call on women in politics and the heads of the parties to encourage young women to take part in the political process," said Michal Yodin, WePower chairwoman. "First, [they should] implement their right to vote and to be voted for, and then promote legislation that will encourage more women to go into politics."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN