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Thursday, December 14, 2006
Poll Results: Rate Arab-Jewish relations of trust in Israel as bad - Jews: 83.1% Arabs 37.9%

Poll Results: Rate Arab-Jewish relations of trust in Israel as bad - Jews:
83.1% Arabs 37.9%
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 14 December 2006

The following are the results of a telephone poll of a representative sample
of 500 Israeli Jews and 500 Israeli Arabs carried out by Market Watch
sponsored by the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel
www.icci.org.il for the upcoming Kedem Conference. ICCI provided the
results to IMRA.

To what extent are you familiar with the principles of (for Jews -
Islam/Christianity, for Arab - Judaism):

Jews:
Greatly familiar 10.6% Considerably 14.2%
To an extent 35.6%
Little 19.1% Barely 3.5% Not at all 15.4%
Refuse reply 1.7%

Arabs:
Greatly familiar 3.6% Considerably 13.4%
To an extent 32.4%
Little 20.3% Barely 12.1% Not at all 15.2%
Refuse reply 3.0%

Does the lack of familiarity with the principles of the religions cause a
worsening of the Jewish-Arab conflict in Israel?

Jews:
Absolutely yes 15.5% Yes 32.6%
Think no 28.0% Certain no 19.2%
No reply 4.6%

Arabs:
Absolutely yes 17.2% Yes 25.6%
Think no 25.1% Certain no 13.2%
No reply 18.9%

How would you describe the relationship of trust between Jews and Arabs in
the country today?

Jews:
Very Good 1.3% Good 14.4% Bad 43.9% Very bad 39.2%
Refuse reply 1.3%

Arabs:
Very Good 5.4% Good 46.8% Bad 27.6% Very bad 10.3%
Refuse reply 9.9%

To what extent do you think that religious leaders can contribute to the
building of trust between Jews and Arabs in the country?

Jews:
Very much 29.2% Considerably 23.5%
Middle 19.2%
Little 11.0% Very little 14.4%
Refuse reply 2.7%

Arabs:
Very much 15.7% Considerably 17.2%
Middle 35.2%
Little 9.1% Very little 6.8%
Refuse reply 15.9%

Do you support or oppose that education students and students in school
learn about members of other faiths?

Jews: Support 80.7% Oppose 17.8% Refuse reply 1.5%

Arabs: Support 85.0% Oppose 10.6% Refuse reply 4.4%

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il
Website: http://www.imra.org.il

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