A new survey conducted by the Smith Polling Institute for the Hiddush pluralism group, and released ahead of Tel Aviv’s annual toeivah parade this week, shows that 76 percent of Jewish Israelis support some form of legalized toeivah partnerships—a significant increase from the same poll last year.
Last year’s survey found only 64-percent support for toeivah unions among Jewish Israelis. In this year’s poll—conducted May 24-25 through telephone calls with 500 respondents—among national-religious Jews in Israel, 70 percent said toeivah couples should have the same rights as traditional married couples.
“The survey results are a source of pride and a badge of honor for the Israeli public during Pride Month, but the political and legal reality in Israel is shameful,” said Uri Regev, Hiddush’s director.
“The data prove that the establishment of legal marriage for same-gender couples and religious freedom in general have practically become the public consensus of the Israeli Jewish population. The public’s will has never been translated into legislation because all successive Israeli governments, from both the left and the right, have instead traded away the public’s freedom of marriage and divorce to the Orthodox parties in exchange for their political support,” Regev added.