Press Release

Decade-Long High in Israelis' 'Sense of Belonging' 

Special IDI Independence Day survey 92.5% of Jewish-Israelis and 77% of Arab-Israelis feel a part of Israel and its problems.

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Ahead of Israel’s 72nd Independence Day, the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute published a survey examining how Israelis feel about their country's achievements and how much they feel a sense of shared destiny with their fellow citizens. Analysis of the data indicates that Israelis are feeling an increase in the sense of belonging to their country. This trend is especially pronounced among the traditionally insular ultra-Orthodox sector. The survey also indicates that most Israelis believe that their country has achieved more successes to Israel than the failures it has endured.

Survey Highlights

Feel part of the State – 90% of Israelis (92.5% among Jewish Israelis and 77% among Arab Israelis) feel that they are a part of Israel and share in its problems. These are the highest results for this question in the past decade. Between 2014 and 2019 the rate of those who felt part of the State and shared in its problems among Jewish Israelis was between 83% and 87%. The rate among Arab Israelis was only between 35% and 62%. The sharpest increase took place among ultra-Orthodox Israelis – from 68.5% in 2019 to 93.5% today.

Feel part of Israel and its problems (%, Jews, very much, quite a lot)

Successes versus Failures - 63.5% of Israelis (67% of Jewish Israelis and 44% of Arab Israelis) believe that the country's success rate so far exceeds the failure rate, compared to only 8% who think more failures can be counted. 22% claim that there is a similar degree of successes and failures.

Feel part of Israel and its problems (%, General Public, Jews, Arabs)

The survey Israel in the Time of Coronavirus 6 is a project of the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research of the Israel Democracy Institute. In the survey, which was conducted on the internet and by telephone (supplements of groups that are not sufficiently represented on the network) from April 22 to April 23, 2020, 610 men and women were interviewed in Hebrew and 152 in Arabic, constituting a representative national sample of the entire adult population of Israel aged 18 and older. The maximum sampling error for the entire sample was 3.7%± at a confidence level of 95%. The fieldwork was done by the Rafi Smith Institute under the direction of Rafi Smith. For the full data file see: Data Israel.