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Why I Hate Polls

Less than a month after a poll result indicated that 83% of adult Israelis are satisfied with their lives, comes this contradictory result:

Israelis are in a state of open despair about their country’s future, according to a deeply pessimistic opinion poll released yesterday.

Two thirds of those questioned predicted the intifada would continue or worsen in the coming year.

Asked whether their children would enjoy a better future, 73 per cent replied “no”. Asked to describe their feelings about the country’s situation, 43 per cent said they were in “despair”.

The survey also found that 21 per cent of parents believe their children are even more pessimistic than they are. The anguish of young Israelis is evident.

The poll found that 43 per cent of Israelis believe their own standard of living will worsen in the coming year. Thirty-seven per cent say the country’s economy will continue to decline.

These polls seem about as reliable as Yasser Afatrat.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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