Poll: Israelis Show Little Trust in Knesset

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

A public opinion poll released on Wednesday gave the Knesset a low rating, with only 3.1 percent of respondents saying that it was their most trusted institution in Israeli government, Arutz Sheva reported.

While the IDF was ranked highest in trust with 61 percent, it did not translate into unqualified support. 57% of Jewish respondents say that funds should be transferred from the defense budget to social programs, while 37% disagreed. 39% said senior defense officials exaggerate security threats to increase the budget.

Only 22.7% named the High Court as their most trusted institution.

The poll was conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) as its July Peace Index survey, in association with Tel Aviv University. The survey included 600 people who were questioned by phone.

The poll also asked about the peace process, and found that over 57% of Jews are strongly or moderately in favor of it.

However, over 74% said the talks won’t lead to peace anytime soon, with a full 38.9% saying they didn’t believe that the talks with the Palestinians would ever lead to peace.