787. Israel Social Survey, 2008
Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
The 2008 survey prolongs the series of Social Surveys the Central Bureau of Statistics has launched in 2002.
It is a continuing survey carried out annually on a sample of persons aged 20 and older, integrating factual
data, typically collected in other CBS surveys, with attitudes regarding these facts. Thus, it measures both
objective and subjective well-being across time. Each survey questionnaire consists of two parts: a set of
200 core questions repeated annually, covering the respondent's situation in the principal areas of social
life (family, health, education, work, etc.) and his or her evaluation of their situation, and a variable module
which focuses on a different policy-relevant topic each survey year.
In 2008 the variable module investigated social mobility, which refers to the dynamic aspect of society and
the transition of people between different strata of society. The purpose of this variable module was to
investigate the social factors that encourage or inhibit social mobility. The variable module examined different
aspects of respondents' occupational mobility during the past 10 years, in order to understand what variables
are related to economic and professional advancement. Since social mobility relates to broader aspects of
socioeconomic gaps concerning the Israeli society, the variable module also examined factors affecting a
person's socioeconomic status in society, as well as positions regarding affirmative action.
The main sample is drawn from the Population Register (updated April 2007). Additional sampling includes new
immigrants who arrived in Israel at least six months prior to the survey date. Most of the sample (more than 80%)
is drawn in a single stage in which persons are selected according to their demographic characteristics:
five population groups (Arabs in East Jerusalem, Arabs outside East Jerusalem, two groups of immigrants according
to period of arrival, and Israeli-born Jews), seven age groups, and two sex groups. The remainder of the sample
is drawn in a multi-stage procedure: a first stage in which localities are sampled in proportion to their size,
and a second stage in which persons are sampled from the selected localities (N=7,327)