SHOCK POLL: ISRAELIS LOVE ISRAEL
NEW ISRAEL POLL: PROUD TO BE ISRAELI, LOVE EACH OTHER, LOVE THE LAND. JERUSALEMITES AND RELIGIOUS MOST HAPPY
While it may seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, a new Israel HaYom/New Wave Research poll finds that Israeli’s are overwhelmingly, well, pro-Israel. The poll surveyed a representative sample of 500 Israelis, with a margin of error of 4.5%. 93 percent of Israeli’s said they are “proud” to be Israeli, with a whopping 73% of that group saying they are “very proud”. 80% of those polled said they would prefer to live in Israel over any other place in the world and 83% will fly the Israeli flag on Yom Ha’atzmaut.
While most of those polled are satisfied with life in Israel, the happiest of the bunch are over 55, religious and residents of Jerusalem. In fact, judging from this poll, the happiest place in Israel is Jerusalem with 82.1% expressing an overall sense of satisfaction.
Jewish sages have taught that Jewish sovereignty was lost some 2000 years ago due to baseless hatred. Judging from this poll significant headway has been made in this area. The number one thing that respondents love about Israel is their “fellow Israelis”. Love of nature and the country’s landscape came in second.
When asked to identify “the most Israeli thing” the majority of respondents answered “helping others”. “Other noteworthy responses to the question, albeit with lower percentages, were mangalim (barbecues), kvetching, the expression “yallah, bye” and the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team.”
At 17.9% the greatest concern of Israeli’s is drugs, crime and violence, with the Iranian threat coming in second at 15.5%. The respondents least concerned about their personal safety were the “ultra-Orthodox” and residents of Jerusalem.
ISRAEL’S DON’T CARE WHAT THE WORLD THINKS OF THEM
Most Israelis (65%) see themselves as Jews first and Israelis second. Only 21% feel more Israeli than Jewish. Israelis could not care less about their diplomatic isolation, with only 3% of respondents expressing any concern whatsoever. Those 3% were mostly older, secular, college educated and residents of Tel Aviv. In fact Israelis are four times more concerned for the welfare of Diaspora Jews than they are about Israel’s diplomatic isolation, with 12.1% expressing concern about Anti-Semitism around the world.