Israeli Arabs are more likely to describe Israel’s “overall situation” as good, in contrast to Israeli Jewish opinion, according to a poll.
About 66 percent of Israeli Arabs said their country’s situation was “good” or “very good,” according to a poll released Sunday by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University. Only 43.9 percent of Israeli Jews agreed with this statement.
Arabs were also more likely than Jews to positively assess Israel’s performance in different fields and on various issues. In the fields of medicine and health, economic stability, education and science, issues of State attention to the needs of its citizens and reduction of social disparities, a larger percentage of Israeli Arabs assessed the country’s achievements as “very” or “moderately good. ”
For example, 93 percent of Arabs and 67 percent of Jews had a positive view of Israel’s achievements in medicine and health, and 46 percent of Arabs and 19 percent of Jews had a positive view of the country’s achievements in reducing Of social gaps.
Only in one field – national security – showed a higher share of Jews, 83 percent, assessing state achievements in a more positive proportion than the Arabs, with 74 percent.
However, Arabs were less likely to show national pride than their Jewish counterparts, with 51.1 percent and 86.1 percent, respectively, saying they are proud of their Israeli identity.
Most of the two groups – 61 percent of Arabs and 73 percent of Jews – are optimistic about Israel’s future.
The survey was released the day before Israel’s Independence Day and was conducted by telephone by the Midgam Research Institute on April 18-19 and included responses from 600 adults with a margin of error of 4.1 percent.