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Most Israelis believe government corrupt, poll shows

Sderot Conference for Social and Economic Policy reveals its annual corruption survey. Poll indicates 69% of Israelis believe politics, government are corrupt

David Regev
Published: 11.05.07, 12:16 / Israel News

The Sderot Conference for Social and Economic Policy, which opens Tuesday, will reveal a concerning fact about the Israeli public – 69% of it believes Israeli politics and government are corrupt.


The Sderot Conference, which is hosted by the Sapir College, will present its annual public corruption survey in its opening session, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.


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The survey, conducted by the Maagar Mohot Institute, spanned 551 participants, who were presented with various questions regarding the performance of public officials in Israel in 2007.


Forty percent of those polled said they thought governmental corruption in Israel runs deep, as opposed to 9% who thought the government was not corrupt, or only slightly corrupt.


According to the poll, 59% believe the political parties in Israel were the most corrupt, 44% said the Knesset members and government were the most corrupt, while 39% mentioned the local municipalities as being the most corrupt bodies in Israel.


Nearly a third of Israelis – 29% – said they believed the police are corrupt, and 12% said the same of the IDF.


"Sderot's corruption survey demonstrates clearly that corruption is public enemy number one. The public knows that corruption is not a victimless crime," Sderot Conference founder Major-General (Res) Uzi Dayan said.


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