39% of Israelis Don’t Believe Results of Election will be Accurate
Last week, a poll was published and its results showed that a large number of Israelis do not believe that results of the upcoming election will be accurate.
The Israel Democracy Institute conducted the monthly Israeli Voice Index, which discovered that 39% of the people believe that the public’s vote will not be reflected in the election results that will be published.
This is the second highest rate that the study has ever counted.
The survey results
The study results were broken down in terms of ethnicity and disclosed that 36% of Jewish Israelis and 51.5% of Arab Israelis do not trust election results because they think the votes will not be tallied correctly.
Before these figures, the highest rate of distrust had been seen in August, 2019 at 44%, which was before the second round of a series of elections had been scheduled.
The poll was also conducted before the last round of elections had been held in March 2021 and the results had shown that 28% of the people had lacked faith in the results of the elections.
Israelis are once more heading towards elections on November 1st.
These would be the fifth round of elections to be held in Israel since 2019, which is due to a number of deadlocked results that did not allow a government to form.
Two of the government coalitions did not last long, thereby leading to yet another round of elections. A letter was penned by President Isaac Herzog to party leaders.
He told them to refrain from incitement and to encourage their supporters to have faith in the election results, regardless of what they might be.
The call of the president seemed to be a plea to avoid the same situation as that seen in the United States.
The American political system has been undermined by the baseless accusations of former President Donald Trump and his refusal to accept the results of the election.
The IDI study also discovered that 37% of the Israeli people were optimistic when it comes to the future of democracy in the country.
However, only a minority of Arab Israelis i.e. 30% have a positive outlook on democracy, while 38% of Jewish Israelis have the same opinion.
Furthermore, the survey also questioned the respondents if they believe that political considerations had influenced the support of the security officials for the recent maritime border deal signed with Lebanon.
The responses had been mixed, as half of them believed that political considerations did influence the support the deal had received.
One-third of the respondents thought that the decision of the agency heads was completely professional, while 17% of them were not sure of what to think.
It should be noted that the rate of people who believed political considerations had influenced the support given by security officials was higher amongst Jewish Israelis.
The deal had been approved by the outgoing government, but it had not been put to a vote in the Knesset.