Nearly three-quarters of the non-haredi Jewish population support the exclusion of haredi parties from the governing coalition the Hiddush anual index on religion and state has shown.
The index, now in its sixth year, was published by the Hiddush religious freedom lobbying group just ahead of the new year. The poll is designed to track public opinion on the prevailing questions regarding religion in the public domain. According to the new poll, 73% of non-haredi respondents said they support the formation of a government without haredi parties. This included 69% of Likud and Yisrael Beytenu supporters, 92% of Yesh Atid supporters, but only 37% of Bayit Yehudi supporters.
Naturally, only 10% of respondents who said they voted for haredi parties said they were in favor of excluding the haredi parties from government.
The two mainstream haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism have rarely been absent from Israeli governments but were excluded from the current coalition largely on the insistence of Yesh Atid and its chairman Minister of Finance Yair Lapid.