A study conducted by Rafi Smith of the Smith Institute, examined the public’s stance on faith and Judaism. Data was collected by two simultaneous methods; a telephone survey of the older community, and an internet poll posted on Ynet which had over 40 thousand participants.
Smith explained that the internet poll contained questions on the socio-demographic background of participants, which allowed the results to be calculated in such a way that they represented the public desire of the over-18 Jewish community in Israel.
Who created the world we live in?
God: 60% (100% religious, 79% traditional, 29% secular)
Big Bang: 40%
Have you become closer to Judaism in recent years?
Yes, became closer to Judaism: 39% (78% religious, 35% traditional, 23% secular)
No, moved away from Judaism: 9% (1% religious, 6% traditional, 14% secular)
Do you think schools should provide more traditional studies?
Yes, increase traditional studies: 53% (78% religious, 35% traditional, 23% secular)
No, decrease traditional studies: 4% (1% religious, 6% traditional, 14% secular)
No, no change necessary: 32%
Not sure: 11%
How would you like to see Israel?
More religious: 23%
More traditional: 26%
More secular: 27%
No change needed: 24%
Do you keep Kosher?
Do you keep Shabbat?
Do you fast on Yom Kippur?