Poll: Israelis Optimistic Despite Security, Economic Threats (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 05/04/12)
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The Israeli public believes that both wars and social protests can
lead to economic growth, according to a survey conducted by the Orot
Israel College, ahead of a conference on growth and crisis to be held
Rabbi Prof. Neria Gutel, President of the Orot Israel College, told
Arutz Sheva on Thursday that the findings are pleasantly surprising.
“48% of Israelis believe that the social protests will ultimately
bring about economic growth, compared to 23% who believe that the
situation will get worse,” he said.
The poll also sought to find out which crisis the Israeli public
thinks is a greater existential threat, the social one or the
It found that 54% of Israelis believe that wars, despite the pain
associated with them and perhaps because of it, lead to national
growth in a wide range of areas, while 35% stated they believe that
wars have deepened the crisis.
The poll also found that 33.6% of respondents believe that the
security crisis is a more significant existential threat to Israel.
In contrast, 27.2% said they believe that the social crisis is more
of an existential threat to Israel. 36.4% believe that both crises
are equally existential threats.
The data show that 70% of respondents who identified as being
religious think that war brings economic growth, compared to 49% of
the secular public.
Another surprising figure is that 51% of the religious public
believes that a security crisis is more of an existential threat than
an economic-social crisis, compared to 25% of secular Israelis.
According to Rabbi Prof. Neria Gutel, “The poll reflects not only
national strength but also national optimism. Pessimism is probably
more a thing of the press than actually reflecting public opinion.
Most Israelis believe that even difficulties and crises will, at
least at the end of the day, lead to growth.” (IsraelNationalNews ©
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