Right before the new government is sworn in: A new survey published by the Yisod organization in honor of its upcoming "Democracy and Basic Rights Education" conference on Wednesday in Reichman University reveals interesting findings regarding the Israeli public's positions on democracy and its practical application.
The survey was conducted through an online panel by the Geocartographia company and surveyed 621 Israeli adults, 202 of which between the ages of 16 and 18. It found that the Israeli public is worried about the future of Israeli democracy and believes that it is extremely important that Israel remains a democratic state.
When asked "Do you think that Israeli democracy is in danger?", 60% of all respondents answered yes. The Arab respondents are more worried about the future of democracy (76% compared to 56% of the Jewish respondents).
Another interesting matter that the survey revealed was the Israeli public's view on the justice system and its authority. 78% of religious respondents (compared to only 26% of secular ones) feel that the court does not need to have the authority to overrule Knesset legislation.
In addition, 84% of secular respondents support independence for the courts as opposed to only 46% of religious ones. Additionally, some 75% of Israelis feel that the education system does not provide tools to understand what democracy and citizenship are. The student's trust in the education system and the way it teaches citizenship is also low. 53% of them voted that they think that the system does not provide enough tools to learn these subjects and 20% feel that it doesn't provide them at all.