Election Study 2006


The study investigated attitudes towards various issues on the national agenda such as the peace process, the recently carried out disengagement, socio-economic policy, and state-religion relations; evaluation of parties, candidates, and coalitions; vote intention and past electoral behavior. The study employed a panel design. The pre-election survey was conducted between February 28 and March 23, 2006, prior to the March 28 Knesset elections. The post-election survey was carried out between March 30 and April 23, 2006. Mahshov Research Institute carried out the fieldwork using Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic telephone interviews.


Eligible voters in Israel.


A stratified sample of Jews and Arabs by geographical areas, and random sampling within each strata. Special attention was given to the ultra-orthodox and immigrants from the former Soviet Union, so that they be proportionally represented in the sample, if needed by quota methods. N=1,919 respondents (1,630 Jews, 289 Arabs). The sample was divided in the pre-election survey between two waves, where each wave consists of an independent representative sample of the electorate. The first wave was interviewed between February 28 and March 14 (N=957), and the second wave, between March 13-23 (N=962). The post-election second panel wave returned to 1,411 respondents.

Principal Investigators

Asher Arian
Michal Shamir