Public opinion poll among Arab citizens in Israel

Findings from a public opinion poll conducted among Arab citizens in Israel, on political and social issues. The poll was initiated by the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation at MDC.

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A survey of Israel’s Arab community reveals:

  • Severe economic distress as a result of the Corona crisis
  • A desire to see the creation of a new Arab-Jewish party
  • Divisions of opinion with regard to the performance of the MKs in the Joint Arab List
  • A fairly low voter participation rate (55.6%) expected in the next elections
  • A high degree of satisfaction with the result of the US presidential election
  • Support for the normalization agreements between Israel and the Arab countries

Main findings:

The idea of creating an Arab-Jewish party prior to the next elections for the Knesset has a relatively high level of support (64.8%) among the Arab community. The rate of voter participation in the Arab community in the next elections is not expected to be high (55.6%) due to the divided opinions over the performance of the MKs in the Joint Arab List: 51.6% of the respondents feel they are performing well, while 45.4% feel they are not.

Most of the Arab community (61.8%) supports the normalization agreements signed between Israel and the Arab countries: the UAE, Bahrein and Sudan. On the other hand, 35.5% oppose the agreements, primarily because they are at the expense of the solution of the Palestinian problem.

A large majority of the Arab community (73.9%) are satisfied with the result of the US presidential elections. Almost one-quarter (24.6%) feel that the involvement of the US in the Middle East is now likely to reinforce stability in the region. Following the US are Turkey (20.0%), the EU (11.0%) and the Gulf Arab states (8.9%).

The economic situation of most of the Arab community (61.6%) has deteriorated in the last year as a result of the Corona crisis. There was a moderate level of satisfaction with how the following senior figures dealt with the Corona crisis: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein, ex-Corona project manager Professor Ronny Gamzu and the Corona project manager in the Arab community Ayman Saif.

The most important issues for Arab citizens are the eradication of crime and violence (51.9%) and trailing far behind that: improving the economic situation and dealing with poverty and unemployment (13.4%), regulation of planning and building in Arab localities (13.3%), reducing the level of Corona morbidity in the Arab community (6.2%) and integration of young Arabs into the workforce and institutions of higher education (5.4%).

54.4% of the Arab community feel that the grassroots protest of last summer does not represent Arab citizens. On the other hand, a large majority (75.7%) feel that Arab citizens should express their support for these movements.