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Attitudes of American Jews: AJC Poll 2019

(April 10 - May 7, 2019)

How important is being Jewish in your life?

Very Important

41%

Somewhat Important

35%

Not That Important

17%

Not Important At All

7%

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

Strongly Agree

38%

Somewhat Agree

24%

Somewhat Disagree

20%

Strongly Disagree

15%


Don't Know/No Response
 
2%

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

Religion

24%

Ethnicity and Culture

59%

Both Equally

16%

Don't Know/No Response

1%

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

Stronger Than Today

18%

Weaker Than Today

24%

About The Same

53%


Don't Know/No Response
 
4%

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

Siblings

13%

First Cousins

15%

Extended Family

43%


Not Part of my Family
 
28%

Don't Know/No Response
 
1%

Have you ever visited Israel?

No

59%

Yes, once

16%

Yes, more than once 1

15%

Yes, at least five times
10%

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

Approve Strongly

22%

Approve Somewhat

14%

Disapprove Somewhat

14%

Disapprove Strongly

45%

Don't Know/No Response

4%

Compared to a year ago, do you think Americans are more united or more divided over their most important values?

More united than a year ago
10%
More divided than a year ago
81%
About the same as a year ago
6%
No Opinion
2%

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?

Yes, it is Appropriate

57%

No, it is Not Appropriate

40%

Don't Know/No Response

4%

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?

Favor Strongly

33%

Favor Somewhat

31%

Oppose Somewhat

12%

Oppose Strongly

14%

Don't Know/No Response

10%

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?

All

25%

Some

41%

None

28%

Don't Know/No Response

7%

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

Improve

19%

Decline

27%

Stay The Same

51%

Don't Know/No Response

3%

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

Support

50%

Oppose

39%

Don't Know/No Response

11%

Do you identify as...?

Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox)

7%

Modern Orthodox

3%

Conservative

13%

Reform

29%


Reconstructionist
 
3%

Secular
 
21%

Other
 
23%

Do you have family in Israel with whom you feel close?

Yes

29%

No

72%

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

Yes

65%

No

16%


Don't Know/No Response
 
17%

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

Yes

72%

No

25%

Don't Know/No Response

4%

In U.S. politics today, do you consider yourself a...?

Republican

18%

Democrat

49%

Independent

20%

Don't Know/No Response

12%

Is your opinion of the job President Trump is doing favorable or unfavorable?

Favorable

26%

Unfavorable

71%


Don't Know/No Response
 
2%

Compared to a year ago, is the status of Jews in the United States more secure or less secure?

More

15%

Less

65%

The Same

17%

Don't Know/No Response

3%

Compared to a year ago, is the climate on college campuses less hostile or more hostile toward pro-Israel students?

Less 

9%

More

57%

The Same

17%

Don't Know/No Response

18%

In your opinion, do Jews in Europe have a future, or should they leave now?

Jews Have a Future in Europe

75%

Jews in Europe Should Leave Now

17%

Don't Know/No Response

8%

In your opinion, which foreign nation poses the single greatest danger to the United States?

China

21%

Iran

14%

North Korea

12%

Russia

36%


Another Country
 
10%

Don't Know/No Response
 
7%

 


Source: 2019 AJC Survey of American Jewish Opinion, AJC. Conducted April 10 - May 7, 2019.

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