70% of Israelis believe primaries bring corruption

Israelis show a lack of faith in the honesty of primary elections, say system could work if there were a budget cap and transparency.

Netanel Katz ,

Likud primaries
Likud primaries
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70 percent of the Israeli populace believes that primary elections to determine the leader of a political party is a style of party leadership that brings a high level of corruption to the political system.

This statistic came from a poll that was conducted in January by the Smith Institute which studies the Israeli public lifestyle and political trends. 

The poll was conducted among Jewish Israelis above the legal voting age of 18.

70 percent of the people asked responded in the affirmative to the question: "Do you feel that party primaries is a system that allows for corruption within the political system?"

Another 73 percent of those asked said that holding party primaries gives a distinct advantage to wealthy candidates over others. 

With regard to allowing the head of a party to have "predetermined slots" at his disposal even if the party holds primary elections, only 31 percent of the people asked said that this was a good idea.

Only 43 percent of those who responded believed that primaries accurately represent the will of the party voters. 

One ray of hope shone during the poll for parties who hold primaries.  More than 85 percent of the people who responded said that holding party primaries could be the best system of selecting a party list, if there were a budgetary cap placed upon expenditure for campaigns in the primaries, in addition to transparency, and enforcement of the cap which would be pre-agreed upon by all eligble candidates.

The parties in Israel that currently hold primaries are the Labor, Likud and Jewish Home factions.