Israelis trust the IDF, are skeptical of politicians — survey

Central Bureau of Statistics report finds that political parties, Knesset and cabinet are widely distrusted

A swearing-in ceremony for new recruits to the IDF's Armored Corps on May 9, 2013. (Israel Defense Forces/File)
A swearing-in ceremony for new recruits to the IDF's Armored Corps on May 9, 2013. (Israel Defense Forces/File)

The Israel Defense Forces remains the most trusted institution in the country, earning the confidence of 82 percent of respondents in a Central Bureau of Statistics annual survey published Sunday.

Local municipalities came in second, with an average confidence rating of 61% percent, followed by the state comptroller with 60%.

At the bottom of the list are political parties, which are trusted by a mere 22% of the public. Second to last is the Knesset at 38%, just below the cabinet with 40%.

While trust in the IDF was ranked the highest overall, the proportion of reported trust in the army was nearly three times higher among Israeli Jews than their Arab counterparts: 93% to 32%, respectively.

Israelis from all segments of society appeared to share a distrust of political parties.

A total of 22% of respondents — 24% of Jewish and 15% of Arab respondents — said they have confidence in Israel’s political parities, respondents.

The second- and third-least trusted public institutions according to the study were the Knesset (38%) and the cabinet (40%).

The Israel Police was the fourth-least trusted public institution (53%) and the Central Bureau of Statistics, which conducted the poll, the fifth-least trusted (54%).

Local municipalities were the second-most trusted (61%) of public institutions surveyed in the report, the state comptroller was the third-most trusted (60%) and the justice system was the fourth.

The survey also studied Israeli public trust in the media and in nonprofit organizations.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said they trusted nonprofit organizations — Jews more than Arabs with 54% to 39%, respectively — and 39% expressed confidence in the media.

The Central Bureau of Statistics report also looked into how many Israelis felt discriminated against during 2015.

A total of 31% of respondents said they felt discriminated against for one of the following reasons: age, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation and physical or psychological handicap.

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