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Israelis more distrustful of gov't institutions: survey

12-02-2010 09:58 BJT

JERUSALEM, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- A recent survey concludes that most Israelis grow distrustful of the country's official institutions.

According to the "democracy indicator" survey sponsored by the Israeli Institute of Democracy, 72 percent lose faith in the Knesset parliament and only 41 percent say they trust the police. Only a half of the participants in the survey said they had full or partial trust in the High Court.

President Shimon Peres enjoys a vote of confidence of 70 percent, while the Israel Defense Forces leads the trust charts with a solid majority of 81 percent.

The survey also shows an overwhelming majority of 76 percent of the Israeli public, including Arab Israelis, say fateful decisions regarding the country's future must be passed with a Jewish majority.

A considerable number of Israelis, according to the survey, exhibit intolerance towards the minorities. Around 46 percent of the Jews polled admitted they would be "highly disturbed" having an Arab as a neighbor, 39 percent oppose living next door to mentally challenged individuals and foreign workers, and 25 percent don't want homosexuals in the vicinity.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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