(JNS.org) While often gaining international headlines for its religious disputes, Israelis are among the world’s least religious people, a new survey has found.
In a poll conducted by WIN/Gallup, 65 percent of Israeli respondents said they are “either not religious or convinced atheists,” compared to just 30 percent who consider themselves religious.
Israel stands in stark contrast with the rest of the Middle East on religiosity. The poll found that the Middle East and Africa are the most religious regions of the world, including 75 percent of respondents in the disputed Palestinian territories saying that they are religious compared to 18 percent who said they are not. Israel is more aligned with many countries in Western Europe, where more than half of respondents in the poll said they are not religious.
Overall, the poll found that most of the world remains deeply connected to religion, with 63 percent of respondents considering themselves to be religious.
“Religion continues to dominate our everyday lives and we see that the total number of people who consider themselves to be religious is actually relatively high,” said Jean-Marc Leger, president of the WIN/Gallup International Association. “Furthermore, with the trend of an increasingly religious youth globally, we can assume that the number of people who consider themselves religious will only continue to increase.”