Israel may be known for its importance to several world religions, but it is still one of the least religious countries worldwide, according to a poll released Wednesday.
57% of Israelis claim they are "not religious," according to the WIN (Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research)-Gallup poll, vs. just 30% who said they are "religious." An additional 8% of respondents claimed they are "a convinced atheist" and 5% declined to respond.
Comparatively, 75% of Palestinian Arabs polled identified as "religious," compared to 18% who are not, and 1% who identify as atheist.
Overall, 65% of Israelis identify as "not religious," according to these findings - placing the country as more secular compared to other Western nations such as the US (35% non-religious and atheists), Australia (58%), and Switzerland (58%). The UK, however, surpasses Israel as 70% "non-religious."
It is also the most secular country in the Middle East and North Africa, with 82% of respondents overall identifying as "religious."
Topping the religiosity list - those countries with a 90% "religious" population - are Thailand (94%), Bangladesh (93%), Georgia (93%), Morocco (93%), Fiji (92%) and South Africa (91%).
Bottoming out the list are China, with 61% identifying as "atheist," as well as Sweden (74% non-religious or atheist).
Worldwide, 63% of people polled say they are religious, 22% say they are not, and 11% consider themselves atheist.
Surprisingly, religion has been linked with youth, with 66% of respondents under the age of 34 identifying as "religious," versus just 60% in other age groups, regardless of level of education.