A few questions and notes
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Submitted by mzk1 (Israel), Jun 9, 2013 09:20
First of all, could you please tell me where I can find the data on the birth rate by religious group? I haven't seen the latest government statistics, but I recall that they avoided such a thing.
Secondly, isn't the Dati count 12%, not 17%?
I would like to note that the statistics are quite skewed; by the refusal to count anyone under 25 and to check family size. It would be like only Catholics under 25 were counted. I would estimate that counting children we move it to 10% Chareidi and 15% Dati Leumi, for a total of 25%. Of course, they don't ask denomination, so there is no way to know how many non-Orthodox are included therein. (Also, a look at widows and divorcees shows severe Chareidi undersampling.)
On the other hand, by splitting "traditional" in two, they actually lower the "secular" response; other polls have 55%.
The bit about the freight of Cheridization is a typical bit of anti-Chareidi paranoia caused by the existence of various schools for those of limited background. These schools are at least partly co-ed and have full secular studies. I will venture that they will end up with a higher male army participation rate than, say, PHS 1 (Ironi Aleph) in the left-wing part of Tel Aviv.
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