Ahead of Israel’s 69th Independence Day, an Israel Democracy Institute survey revealed that most of the Israeli public is proud to be Israeli and expresses optimism about the future, though the public’s perceptions on social gaps and the of the government’s attentiveness are quite meager.

Over half of Israeli Arabs are proud to be Israeli, optimistic about Israel's future

Over half of Israeli Arabs are proud to be Israeli, optimistic about Israel’s future Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Two days before Israel’s 69th Independence Day, the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University published the most recent data collected on the Israeli public’s attitudes towards the state: At least 80% of the public is proud to be Israeli. A breakdown of this statistic by sector shows that 86% of Israeli Jews and over half of the Israeli Arab population in Israel feel this way.

With a low unemployment rate and recent tax breaks, it seems that Israelis are also satisfied with the country’s economy: 60% of Israeli Jews and 75% of Israeli Arabs described the state’s achievement of economic stability as “good to very good.” In the field of health and medicine, 70% of the general public is satisfied with its achievements and developments, with similar data found regarding education and science.

Israelis also seem to be hopeful about the future: 71% are optimistic about the future of the state (73% of Israeli Jews and 61% of Israeli Arabs). About half of the public assessed Israel’s situation as “good to very good,” an assessment that increases when the question specifically concerns the respondents’ personal situation. 74% of Israeli Jews and 57% of Israeli Arabs defined their situation as “good or very good.”

However, the data indicates negative perceptions when dealing with social gaps. More than one-third (35.6%) of the Israeli population believes that the country’s accomplishments in this field are not good. In addition, 72% of the population believes that the government has not been listening to its citizens.

The survey, directed by Prof. Tamar Hermann from the Israel Democracy Institute and Prof. Ephraim Yaar from Tel Aviv University, was conducted by the Midgam Institute last month with a 600-respondent sample of the Israeli adult population.