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Monday, February 18, 2013
Maagar Poll: 91% of voters do not regret how they voted in the recent Knesset elections

Maagar Poll(: Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 18 February 2013

The survey was conducted by Maagar - Interdisciplinary Research and
Consulting Institute Ltd., managed by Professor Yitzhak Katz. It was
commissioned by CECI to mark the awarding of scholarship in honor of the
late Prof. Gideon Doron.

Telephone survey of representative sample of 562 adult Israelis (including
Arabs.The survey was carried out 5-8 February 2013 (while talks still
underway to form a coalition). Sampling error in relation to the various
estimates is 4.5%.

When did you make the final decision to vote for the party you voted for?
[All respondent who voted]
Election day 14%
1-4 days before 16%
1-2 weeks before 11%
3 weeks to several months before 47%
Don' recall/other answers 12%

Do you regret how you voted? [All respondent who voted]
Yes regret 4%
No 91%
Other answers 5%

Those who did not vote - what is the main reason not to vote?
Tired of politics 2%
All corrupt 4%
All the same 13%
They all promise and not fulfill 0%
Anyway it does not matter / affect 4%
Personal reasons, health, I was abroad, etc. 33%
Other answers 44%

All asked

Does the newly elected Knesset represent you?
Absolutely not represent 7%
Not represent 20%
More or less 27%
Represents 19%
Very represents 6%
Other answers 21%

In the current Knesset electoral system, you pick a preferred party the
parties decide on the prime minister. Are you satisfied with the method of
choice?
Very Dissatisfied 12%
Not satisfied 16%
So-so 21%
Satisfied 33%
Very satisfied 10%
Other answers 8%

Those dissatisfied with the current electoral system were asked, in an open
question, the reasons for their dissatisfaction
Do not know the candidates 10%
Want to directly select a person / leader and the party 38%
Do not believe in parties 3%
Parties corrupt 1%
Parties choose people / leaders do not fit 8%
Party central committees take over the state 1%
They have no ideology / way to clear 1%
Difficult to influence by political parties 4%
No one represents me 7%
Method of selection of candidates for primaries No - good / bad 2%
Other answers 25%

Of those not satisfied with the current electoral system
Want to directly select a person / leader and the party 38%
Do not know the candidates 10%
Parties choose people / leaders do not fit 8%
No one represents me 7%
Difficult to influence by political parties 4%
Do not believe in parties 3%
Method of selection of candidates for primaries No - good / bad 2%
Parties corrupt 1%
Party central committees take over the state 1%
They have no ideology / way to clear 1%

Asked all

Are you for or against the introduction of different elections in Israel,
in which candidates for the Knesset are elected directly by the voters,
representing different residential areas?
For 50%
Against 29%
Other answers 21%

The Threshold used in Israel elections is currently 2% of valid votes
counted in the elections. Raising the threshold would reduce the number of
small parties elected to the Knesset. In your opinion, should or should not
the threshold be changed?
Don't change the existing threshold 25%
Change the existing threshold 65%
Other answers 10%

Theo who support changing the existing threshold were asked what they
thought the desired threshold percentage is
Three-four percent 36%
Five percent 29%
Six percent to ten percent 9%
Eleven percent and more 3%
I do not know and other answers 23%

In a "Presidential system" the president has the powers of a head of state
like in the United States today. Are you for or against Israel adopting the
presidential system?
Against a presidential system 44%
Favor a presidential system 38%
I do not know and other answers 18%

Are you for or against a situation where a government minister may not serve
simultaneously as a Knesset member?
Against the situation in which the Minister may not serve MK 34%
For the situation in which the Minister may not serve MK 41%
I do not know and other answers 25%

In your opinion, should the head of the party receiving the largest number
of seats in the elections automatically become prime minister, without first
obtaining the confidence of the Knesset?
No 50% Yes 38% I do not know and other answers 12%

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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