Only 50% of The Arab Population Are going to Vote

A survey of the Arab public prior to the 2019 elections predicts a sharp decline in the voting and weakening of the Arab parties. The full survey findings was presented at the conference on “The Arab public in Israel and the elections for the 21st Knesset”, which was held at Tel Aviv University on March 28th, 2019.

According to the survey, Arab voter turnout in the 2019 elections is expected to drop to an unprecedented low of 51%; A significant drop from 64% in the 2015 elections. As for Mandates, Hadash-Ta’al is expected to win 7-6 seats and the National Democratic Party-Balad is expected to win 4-5 seats.

A blue-and-white list is supported by 9% of the Arab public, while Meretz, has the largest support on the Arab street – 10.3% among
the Jewish parties.

The most important issues for the Arab public according to the survey are the cancellation or change of the National Law, the government’s plan to eradicate violence and crime in Arab communities, and improvement of the legal regulation of construction in Arab communities.

The survey was initiated by the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, which operates on behalf of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.

The survey was conducted through the Yafa Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Ass Atrash, and was collected on March 12-16,2019, from a representative sample of the adult Arab population in Israel (age 18 and over).

Via Israel Hayom, translated from Hebrew 03/28/2019

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