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The 2007 Israeli Democracy Index: Cohesion in a Divided Society

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  • Cover Type: Softcover
  • Number Of Pages: 125 Pages
  • Center: The Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research
  • Price: 80 NIS

The Israeli Democracy Index provides statistical information that gives a reliable and comprehensive picture of the quality and functioning of democracy, as well as the way it is perceived by the public. The findings of the 2007 Index indicate that Israel is marked by deep social and ideological rifts.

Part One: The Democracy Index 2007

A. Description of the Research and Its Goals 15

B. The Democracy Indicators 19
1. A Summary Outline 19
2. Israel 2007 as Reflected in the Indicators 19
3. Selected Findings 24

C. The Democracy Survey 2007 35
1. A Summary Outline 35
2. Public Perception of Democracy’s Implementation in Israel 2007 35
3. Democratic Attitudes in the Israeli Public in 2007 37
4. Selected Findings 40
5. Democracy: Support and Satisfaction 46

Part Two: Cohesion in a Divided Society

A. Background: Cohesion in Israel 53

B. Social Trust in Israel 57

C. Relationships between Groups in Israel 2007 61

1. The Jewish-Arab Cleavage 61
2. The Social-Economic Cleavage 68
3. The Religious-Secular Cleavage 73
4. The New Immigrants–Old-Timers Cleavage 77
5. The Ethnic Cleavage 79

D. Social Cohesion in Israel 83
1. Perceptions of Readiness to Compromise 83
2. Self-Identity and Self-Definition 87
3. Contribution to Society: The IDF and Defense 90
4. A Sense of Being Part of the Country 93

Epilogue 99

Appendices 101
1. Summary of the Democracy Indices, 2003-2007 101
2. The Democracy Index 2007 Compared to the Democracy
Indices 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 104
3. Distributions in the Democracy Survey, February 2007 111
4. Calendar of Events, January 2006 – May 2007