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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Poll of Israeli Arabs: 46% vote affected by party position on crisis in Syria, 65% want consolidated list

Poll: Arab sector wants consolidated list - headed by Tibi
By Nir Yahav, Walla! News
Sunday, 4 November 2012, 11:16
http://news.walla.co.il/elections/?w=/2780/2582266
[IMRA translation]

The odds that s Hadash and Balad and United Arab parties - Taal indeed unite
as 65% of respondents desire, seem nil. Meanwhile, the parties are trying to
increase voter turnout

65% of the Arab - Israeli voters prefer that the three Arab parties in the
Knesset unite and run together for the Knesset - according to a new survey
conducted by the Dialogue supervised by Prof. Camil Fuchs. The survey, which
examined the attitudes of Arab voters, found that 55% of respondents would
prefer to see the MK Ahmad Tibi heading the united party, if there was one.
The survey was conducted among 500 respondents Arabs and is a representative
sample of the Arab sector.

As in previous elections there are contacts between the three Arab parties -
Balad, UAL - Taal and Hadash - designed to run on a joint list in the
elections. By all estimates, the odds that the three parties will unite is
zero. However, two-thirds of those surveyed expressed support this measure,
compared with 28% who prefer that each party of the three run separately. 7%
of respondents said they prefer two Arab parties.

By a considerable margin there is support for Tibi to head a united Talab -
Sana, United Arab List-Taal list. 9% of respondents supported the
leadership of Hadash chairman Mohammed Baraka , 8% supported Balad Chairman
Jamal Zahalka, 8% expressed support for and 8% UAL-Taal Chairman, Ibrahim
Sarsur.

When asked of the Arab Knesset members who is the best MK, 44% responded
Ahmad Tibi, and 15% responded Haneen Zoabi.

According to the poll, if elections were held today, 41% of respondents
would vote for UAL - Taal, 29% would vote for Hadash and 24% Balad. Meretz
parties, Likud, Kadima, Labor each won the support of 1% of respondents. 46%
of respondents noted that their vote for the Knesset will be affected by the
position of the parties to the crisis in Syria, while a similar percentage
of respondents, 45%, said the decision was not influenced by it.

These days the Arab parties are acting to increase the voter turnout in the
Arab sector and reduce the amount of Arab voters give their vote for Zionist
parties. "This is a fact," said Chairman UAL - Taal, Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsur
to Walla News. "Parties like the Labor and Shas Deri can steal our votes
and threaten us. "

"In 2009, 52 percent of vote in the Arab sector," added Ibrahim Sarsur. "Our
goal now is to get a turnout of no less than -65-70 percent. We discovered
that many voters, for example Negev Bedouin, did not vote in 2009 because of
physical geographical limitations. That is, the polling station was very
distant from them. Therefore we are devoting the majorly all our resources
to bring them to the polls. "

MK Sarsur, considered one of the strongest advocates for a joint list of all
Arab parties, explained that there can be ideological differences between
the parties, as there are today, and yet they can run together: "It will be
a sort of a consolidated list of different factions within it that keep
their character ideological. This will be a kind of list for elections. It
is possible that after the election each will act according to his world
view. "

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