Political Violence and the Decrease of Democratic Acceptance (2019)

Marc Hutchison, Professor of Political Science

How can political violence deteriorate the public’s acceptance of democratic values such as political tolerance? By administering a comprehensive survey throughout Israel, Dr. Marc Hutchison (Political Science), is testing the psychological and political links between these factors through a SSIREP funded public opinion survey. Crucially, while similar surveys have been historically administered in Israel none to date have accounted for the Israeli Arab population, which makes up a fifth of Israel’s total population. By including both Israeli Jewish and Israeli Arab populations in this survey, Dr. Hutchison seeks to provide a holistic analysis that evinces a more thorough relationship between responses to political violence and opinions on political tolerance.