POLL: 82% of Secular Israelis Conduct Passover Seder

Figures released by Central Bureau of Statistics reveal 22% of secular public won't eat leavened food during holiday. Sixty-three percent of public believe religion's influence has grown stronger in past years

The majority of secular and traditional Israelis celebrate the Passover Seder, figures released last week by the Central Bureau of Statistics show.

According to a social survey, 82% of seculars conduct the Seder, as do 93% of those who define themselves as "traditional but not so religious" and 98% of those who define themselves as "religious traditional."

It appears, however, that eating kosher for Passover food is not as popular as celebrating the Seder. Ninety percent of the "religious traditional" are strict about not eating chametz (leavened food) during the holiday, while only 68% of the "traditional but not so religious" and 22% of the secular public do the same.

The survey also examined Israelis' perception of the nature of society. Eighty percent believe religion has a strong influence on life in the State of Israel, and 63% think religion's influence has grown stronger in the past few years (62% of religious, secular and traditional secular Israelis, and 60% of haredim).

More than half of the Jewish population (58%) estimate that the relations between the religious public and the secular public are not good. Seculars feel so more than the traditional, religious and haredim (67% compared to 56%, 43% and 41%, respectively).

'Separate religion from State'

About one-quarter (27%) of the religious population feel that their residential area has become more religious in recent years. Fifty-nine percent believe their residential area has not changed, while 6% feel it has become less religious.

Half of Jerusalem's residents say their neighborhood has become more religious, compared to 22% of Tel Aviv's residents, 23% of Haifa's residents, and 18% of Rishon Lezion's residents.

In general, about half of the Jewish population (49%) seek to live in an area with a religious level similar to their own.

Fifty-seven percent of Israel's Jews are in favor of separating religion from the State. The supporters for this move among the religious (23%) and haredim (14%) is significantly lower than the supporters among the seculars (77%).

The majority of the Jewish public (64%) is interested in allowing restaurants, cinemas and pubs to remain open on Shabbat, 62% of the population support holding sporting events on Shabbat (89% of the seculars), and 53% are in favor of operating public transportation on Shabbat.


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