In poll, half of Israelis say world is against us

Half of Israelis believe their country is off track, while less than 30 percent believe the country is heading in the right direction, according to a Ynet poll coinciding with Israel Independence Day, celebrated on May 6.

Information from Ynet poll shows younger Israeli Jews more pessimistic than their elders.

Among adults 50 and older, feelings were a little more positive, but young people under 34 were much more pessimistic.

“The world is against us all,” Israeli poet Yoram Taharlev wrote 45 years ago, and about half of Israelis today still hold this to be true. Fifty-two percent of respondents agreed with the sentence, a figure that rose to 63 percent among young people, compared with 47 percent in the 50-and-older bracket.

In terms of political affiliation, 51 percent of respondents said they were right wing, 22 percent said they were in the center and 27 percent described themselves as left wing. More young people called themselves right wing.

About 17 percent of Israelis participated in political or social activity last year, the majority of them from the younger age brackets.

The country is becoming more religiously observant: Twenty-one percent of Israeli Jews say they are religious, 26 percent consider themselves traditional, and more than half (53 percent) define themselves as secular. Thirty percent of those younger than 35 consider themselves religious, compared with 15 percent of adults older than 50.

Regarding money matters, more than half of respondents younger than 50 said they receive financial assistance from their parents.

The poll was conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute between April 24 and 28. It included a representative sample of 500 Israeli Jewish adults, and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent. —