Survey: 60 percent of Arab Israelis have a positive view of the state

A poll of Israeli Arabs has found that sixty percent surveyed said they had a favourable view of the state, while 37% said their view was unfavourable.

The poll, whose findings were released on Wednesday, was conducted by the Israel office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Konrad Adenauer Programme for Jewish-Arab Cooperation at Tel Aviv University’s Dayan Centre and Keevoon, a research, strategy and communications company.

The poll, conducted last month, surveyed 876 citizens of Israel and 125 east Jerusalem permanent residents. It had a margin of error of 2.25%.

Broken down by religion, 49% of Muslims view the state favourably compared with 48% unfavourably, while 61% of Christians view it favourably compared to 33% unfavourably.

Ninety-four percent of Druse view the state favourably compared to 6% unfavourably.

At the same time, racism was listed as a top concern by respondents and 47% of them said they feel “generally treated unequally” as Arab citizens.

Most respondents also said that Arab citizens are getting an unfair distribution of tax revenues.

In the view of Michael Borchard, Israel director of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, one of the most significant findings came in response to the question posed to citizens, “Which term best describes you?” The largest number, 28%, replied “Israeli Arab” while 11% said “Israeli,” 13% said “Arab citizen of Israel” and 2% said “Israeli Muslim.” Only 15% said “Palestinian” while 4% said “Palestinian in Israel,” 3% said “Palestinian citizen in Israel” and 2% said “Israeli Palestinian.”

Eight percent of respondents said their preferred self-identification was “Muslim.”

“The bottom line is there is more identification with Israel than with a possible Palestinian state,” Borchard said. “They want to be recognised in their specific identity but have no problem to be related in a way to Israel.”

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