What is The Social Index?
Housing Rights | Employment Rights | Nutrition Assurance | Mental and Emotional Health Education and Schooling | Social Security | Livelihood | Distribution of Resources Prevention of Discrimination | Democratic Participation
Released by The Social Guard at the end of every Knesset session since Winter 2012, the Social Index is designed to hold elected officials accountable to their electorate and to help citizens distinguish between different elected officials and parties, based on their socio-economic agenda. All 120 Members of the Knesset (MKs) and each party are ranked in the index based on two points of data alone: whether they appeared in the plenary votes for socio-economic bills, and how they voted on them.
Our Soical Index committee ranks bills from 1 to 4 based on the number of people they effect and their perceived impact. If a yes or no on a particular vote reaches 75% than that vote is factored into the index based on its social score. MKs receive 1 point for a socially conscious vote, -1 point for a vote against a socially conscious position, and no points for avoiding or missing a vote. The index is scaled so that the total possible score every session is 100.
How Is The Index Calculated?
How Did the Parties Stack Up?
Although their average score was significantly higher than that of Coalition MKs, the social score of 36 of the 52 opposition MKs decreased from Spring to Summer 2014. Labor's MKs improved their scores, while those of all six of Meretz's MKs dropped during the last Knesset session.
The Social Index score of 39 of the 68 Coalition Members of Knesset Increased, most notably American-born MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid); meanwhile, Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) dropped 39 places in the ranking, to number 115.
The Most and Least Socially Conscious Members of Knesset
1. Itzik Shmuli - Labor (61 Points)
2. Eitan Cabel - Labor (57)
3. Hilik Bar - Labor (56)
4. Nachman Shai - Labor (53)
4. Mickey Rosenthal - Labor (53)
88. Aryeh Deri - Shas (2 Points)
99. Shaul Mofaz - Kadima (1)
99. Yitzhak Cohen - Shas (1)
99. Yaakov Litzman - Torah Judaism (1)
103. Eliyahu Yishai - Shas (0)
12. Dov Lipman - Yesh Atid (35 Points)
16. Yariv Levin - Likud (28)
20. Hamad Amar - Yisrael Beiteinu (21)
21. Boaz Toporovsky - Yesh Atid (20)
21. David Tzur - HaTnuah (20)
115. Tzipi Hotovely - Likud (-3 Points)
117. Ze'ev Elkin - Likud (-6)
117. Avi Wortzman - Jewish Home (-6)
117. Moti Yogev - Jewish Home (-6)
120. Nisan Slomiansky - Yisrael Beiteinu (-8)