The past year has seen a sharp increase in the number of Israelis who fear for their jobs, according to a social resilience survey published Sunday ahead of the Sderot Conference for Social and Economic Policy.
Social resilience is measured by the public's sense of belonging, financial ability, access to social rights such as public housing, a sense of job security and faith in public and governmental systems.
The poll indicated that the number of citizens who rate their job security as being mediocre or less has increased by 4% in 2008, and stands at 41%.
According to the survey, 61% percent of Israelis aged 25-54 are concerned that they will not be able to save money in the future, as opposed to only 47% in 2007; 57% of the respondents said they were "concerned" or "very concerned" regarding the possibility of not being able to age with dignity.
Some 58% of those polled said the state does not provide its citizens the opportunity to maintain a reasonable quality of life, marking a three percent rise from last year.
The survey further showed that the public's faith in the police was decreasing, with 46% saying they do not trust the force – up four percent from 2007.
'Conflict with Palestinians bringing shame'
However, the survey indicated that the public's faith in the IDF and the security establishment in general has grown stronger (56% in 2008, compared with 45% in the previous year), as has the public's sense of national pride (52% in 2008, compared with 44% in 2007).
Forty-six percent of the respondents said they believe the country will always defend its citizens, up 18% from last year.
The vast majority of those polled (73%) said they would not consider leaving Israel even if they had the economic means to do so, largely unchanged since last year.
When asked about their view of public corruption, 79% of the respondents said it was the main reason they were ashamed of the state, compared with 73% in last year's poll.
Sixty-eight percent of those polled cited the draft-dodging phenomenon as reason for concern (compared with 56% in 2007), 73% mentioned the increasing violence, while 74% of the respondents said the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians was bringing shame on the country.
An additional 77% were concerned about the growing gaps between the social echelons.
The study polled 543 people representing Israel's adult population.