Two-thirds of Israelis feel the European
Union is an important partner of Israel , significantly more than in the EU's
other Mediterranean partner (ENPI- South) countries,
and they would like the EU to play an even greater role in their country, across
a range of areas. This is one of the key findings of the recently released
Autumn 2012 EU Neighbourhood Barometer for Israel, conducted in the framework
of an EU-funded opinion polling project.
The survey, based on 1,004 interviews
conducted in November-December 2012, finds that 65% of Israelis feel the EU is
an important partner, with 71% believing the EU and Israel share sufficient common
values to be able to cooperate – significantly higher than the average for the "ENPI
South" region (46% and 43% respectively).
Almost seven out of ten of those asked
(67%) wanted a greater EU role in economic development, 70% in trade, and 60%
in external policy and foreign affairs.
The poll found that exactly half of
Israelis trusted the EU – more than other international institutions like the
UN (29%) or NATO (33%), and almost as much as they trust their own government
Most respondents (62%) felt the EU had
good relations with Israel,
compared to an average 54% in the ENPI South region.
Israelis questioned in the poll were
overwhelmingly content – more so than other countries in the region – with 76%
satisfied with the life they lead.
However, they were more divided
regarding the direction in which the country was going: 37% of those asked felt
Israel was going in the right direction, compared to 41% who thought it was
headed in the wrong direction; 55% said the economic situation was good, with
almost half of those asked expecting little change; 67% of those asked were
satisfied with the way democracy works in Israel, above the 57% average who
were satisfied across the broader region.
Forty-eight per cent of those asked
agreed enough information was available about the EU, while 45% agreed it was
easy to understand.
The EU Neighbourhood Barometer project
(covering opinion polling and media monitoring) is part of the EU-funded
Regional Communication Programme, and aims at assessing knowledge and
perception of the EU Neighbourhood Policy and its cooperation activities and
programmes. Similar polls were taken in Tunisia, Egypt,
Libya, Algeria , Morocco,
Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories.
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