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Poll: Chaos aside, majority of Israelis think political system handled pandemic well

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12.08.2022

In a turbulent Israel headed for another election — the fifth in less than four years and the third since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic — comes a major surprise in public opinion. A new poll indicates a majority of citizens think the country has been effectively handling the coronavirus outbreak, in ways that show the strengths of its political system.

The Pew Research Center surveyed 19 countries on various attitudes toward the pandemic.

Asked whether the country had effectively handled COVID, showing the strength of the political system, or failed to do so, thus exhibiting its weakness, 58 percent of Israelis answered the former, with only 33% taking the latter view.

Those numbers are surprising, considering the governmental and parliamentary turmoil and chaos that surrounded coronavirus rules and regulations over a two-year period.

Israel was unusual in that attitude. In the US only 32% took a positive view, in France 43% and in the United Kingdom 46%.

Only two countries beat Israel: Singapore with an off-the-charts 74% and Hungary with 59%. Sweden was tied with 58% as well.

Meanwhile, in a second question that did not take politics into account, an even stronger majority of 71% of Israelis said the country had generally handled the pandemic well, compared to 26% who thought it did so poorly — once again one of the higher scores among the countries surveyed (6th of 19).

Dr. Yonatan Freeman, a Hebrew University political scientist, said that for all the political........

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