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AJC Surveys of Israeli Jewish Opinion

(2018 - 2019)

How important is being Jewish in your life?

 
2018
2019
Most Important
47%

51%`

Very Important
34%
29%

Somewhat Important

9%

11%

Not That Important
9%

5%

Not Important At All
4%

3%

No Opinion
2%
1%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “Living in Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew.”

 
2018
2019
Strongly Agree
46%

50%

Somewhat Agree
36%

32%

Somewhat Disagree

10%

11%

Strongly Disagree
4%

5%


No Opinion
2%
2%

Do you consider being Jewish mostly a matter of religion, or more a matter of ethnicity and culture?

 
2018
2019
Religion
19%
24%
Ethnicity and Culture
40%

51%

Both Equally
37%

23%

Don't Know/No Response
4%

3%

Looking ahead five years, do you think that the ties between American and Israeli Jews will be...?

 
2018
2019
Stronger Than Today
30%

30%

Weaker Than Today
19%

23%

About The Same
40%

38%

No Opinion
11%
 

Using the metaphor of a family, do you consider American Jews as your...?

 
2018
2019
Siblings
28%

31%

First Cousins
10%

11%

Extended Family
40%

36%


Not Part of my Family
 
22%
23%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling US-Israel Relations?

 
2018
2019
Approve Strongly
37%

48%

Approve Somewhat
40%

31%

Disapprove Somewhat
5%

6%

Disapprove Strongly
5%

4%

Don't Know/No Response
13%

3%

Have you ever visited the United States?

 
2019
No

52%

Yes, once

15%

Yes, more than once 1

21%

Yes, at least five times
11%

Do you have family in the United States with whom you feel close?

 
2018
2019
Yes
46%

44%

No
54%

56%

Do you think that a thriving Diaspora is vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people?

 
2018
2019
Yes
78%

74%

No
15%

20%


No Opinion
 
7%
6%

*2018 wording: Do you think that a thriving Diaspora is or isn’t vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people?

Do you think that a thriving State of Israel is vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people?

 
2018
2019
Yes
87%

91%

No
6%

5%

No Opinion
7%

4%

*2018 wording: Do you think that a thriving State of Israel is or isn’t vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people?

Anti-Semitic incidents have become more frequent in Europe. Do you think that Jews have a future as Jews in Europe, or should they leave now?

 
2019
Jews have a future as Jews in Europe

44%

Jews should leave now

46%

No Opinion

10%

Under its current administration, the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) signed in 2015 that loosened economic restrictions on Iran in return for limitations on the Iranian nuclear program. Do you favor or oppose the U.S. pullout from the Iranian nuclear agreement (JCPOA)?

 
2019
Approve Strongly

49%

Approve Somewhat

20%

Disapprove Somewhat

10%

Disapprove Strongly

8%

Don't Know/No Response

13%

Russia is emerging as a key player in Middle East geopolitics. Do you believe that Russia is...

 
2019
A friend of Israel
24%
An enemy of Israel
23%
Neither a friend nor an enemy of Israel
43%
No Opinion
10%

Relations between Israel and the Muslim/Arab world have become warmer in recent years. Within a decade from now, do you believe that diplomatic relations will be established between Israel and Saudi Arabia, with an exchange of embassies?

 
2019
Yes
62%
No
25%
No Opinion
14%

Do you think it appropriate for American Jews to attempt to influence Israeli policy on such issues as national security and peace negotiations with the Palestinians?

 
2018
2019
Yes, it is Appropriate
25%

31%

No, it is Not Appropriate
68%

63%

Don't Know/No Response
7%

6%

In the current situation, do you favor or oppose a two-state solution through the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state on the West Bank?

 
2018
2019
Favor Strongly

15%

17%

Favor Somewhat

29%

22%

Oppose Somewhat

15%

18%

Oppose Strongly

33%

33%

Don't Know/No Response

8%

9%

As part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to dismantle all, some, or none of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank?

 
2018
2019
All

4%

6%
Some

35%

37%
None

54%

50%
Don't Know/No Response

7%

7%

Looking ahead five years, do you think that the chances for peaceful coexistence between Israel and a Palestinian state will...?

 
2018
2019
Improve

13%

14%
Decline

42%

43%
Stay The Same

37%

37%
Don't Know/No Response

7%

7%

Do you support or oppose the recent American recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory?

 
2019
Support

88%

Oppose

5%

Don't Know/No Response

7%

Do you identify as...?

 
2018
2019
Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox)

10%

10%
Religious Zionist

11\%

12%
Conservative (Masorti)
0%
 
Religious-traditional

17%

14%
Not that religious-traditional

21%

18%
Reform
1%
 
Reconstructionist
0%
 
Secular

37%

41%
Other

2%

4%
No Opinion

 

1%

Israel today is both Jewish-religious and Democratic. In your opinion, should the current balance between Democratic and Jewish-religious elements be retained, or should one be strengthened at the expense of the other?

 
2018
The current balance should be retained

36%

The democratic element should be strengthened

39%

The Jewish-religious element should be strengthened

19%

No Opinion
5%

Currently, Jewish weddings, divorces, and conversions to Judaism in Israel are recognized only if Orthodox rabbis officiate. Should Conservative and Reform rabbis also be permitted to officiate?

 
2018
Yes

49%

No

45%

No Opinion
6%

Currently, Israeli law does not allow for civil [secular] marriage and divorce. Should the law be changed, and civil marriage and divorce allowed?

 
2018
Yes

55%

No

40%

No Opinion
5%

Currently, prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem are conducted according to Orthodox tradition, with men and women being separated. Do you support or oppose the existence of a square adjacent to the Western Wall that would serve for mixed prayers, without separation between men and women?

 
2018
Support

42%

Oppose

48%

No Opinion
10%

Do you support or oppose the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate the U.S. embassy there?

 
2018
Support

85%

Oppose

7%

No Opinion
8%

Do you think the fact that Orthodox Judaism is the only denomination recognized by Israel as an official form of Judaism, and that Reform Judaism is not recognized:

 
2018
Strengthens ties between Israeli and American Jews

14%

Weakens ties between Israeli and American Jews

40%

Has no effect on ties between Israeli and American Jews

29%

No Opinion
16%

Which of the following statements about non-Orthodox forms of Judaism, the Conservative and the Reform, is closest to your view?

 
2018
Their simultaneous existence strengthens Jewish life in the Diaspora, but they are irrelevant to Israel

30%

Their parallel growth in Israel could improve the quality of Jewish life there

26%

Both forms of Judaism are destined to disappear

17%

None of the above
8%
No Opinion
20%

Source: AJC.

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