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Comparison of American and Israeli Jewish Opinion

(2018 - 2019)

How important is being Jewish in your life?

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Most Important
47%
 

51%`

 
Very Important
34%

40%

29%
41%

Somewhat Important

9%

37%

11%

35%
Not That Important
9%

17%

5%

17%
Not Important At All
4%

6%

3%

7%
No Opinion
2%
1%
1%
 

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

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Religion
19%

24%

24%
24%
Ethnicity and Culture
40%

56%

51%

59%
Both Equally
37%

17%

23%

16%
Don't Know/No Response
4%

2%

3%

1%

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

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Stronger Than Today
30%

20%

30%

18%
Weaker Than Today
19%

15%

23%

24%
About The Same
40%

60%

38%

53%
No Opinion
11%
5%
 
4%

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

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Siblings
28%

12%

31%

13%
First Cousins
10%

15%

11%

15%
Extended Family
40%

39%

36%

43%
Not Part of my Family
22%
31%
23%
28%

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

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Approve Strongly
37%

21%

48%

22%
Approve Somewhat
40%

13%

31%

14%
Disapprove Somewhat
5%

16%

6%

14%
Disapprove Strongly
5%

41%

4%

45%
Don't Know/No Response
13%

8%

3%

4%

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

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Yes
78%

69%

74%

65%
No
15%

17%

20%

16%
No Opinion
7%
14%
6%
17%

*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
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Yes
87%

69%

91%

65%
No
6%

17%

5%

16%
No Opinion
7%
14%

4%

17%

*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?

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
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Yes, it is Appropriate
25%

53%

31%

57%
No, it is Not Appropriate
68%

43%

63%

40%
Don't Know/No Response
7%

4%

6%

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?

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Favor Strongly

15%

31%

17%

33%
Favor Somewhat

29%

28%

22%

31%
Oppose Somewhat

15%

12%

18%

12%
Oppose Strongly

33%

18%

33%

14%
Don't Know/No Response

8%

10%

9%

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?

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
All

4%

15%

6%
25%
Some

35%

44%

37%
41%
None

54%

35%

50%
28%
Don't Know/No Response

7%

6%

7%
7%

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

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Improve

13%

18%

14%
19%
Decline

42%

22%

43%
27%
Stay The Same

37%

56%

37%
51%
Don't Know/No Response

7%

3%

7%
3%

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

 
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Support

88%

50%

Oppose

5%

39%

Don't Know/No Response

7%

11%

Do you identify as...?

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox)

10%

6%

10%
7%
Religious Zionist (Modern Orthodox)

11\%

5%

12%
3%
Conservative (Masorti)
0%

14%

 
13%
Religious-traditional

17%

 
14%
 
Not that religious-traditional

21%

 
18%
 
Reform
1%
29%
 
29%
Reconstructionist
0%
3%
 
3%
Secular

37%

16%
41%
21%
Other

2%

25%
4%
23%
No Opinion

 

 
1%
 

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
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Yes

49%

80%

No

45%

17%

No Opinion
6%

3%

*American Jews wording: Currently, Jewish weddings, divorces, and conversions to Judaism in Israel are recognized only if Orthodox rabbis officiate. Should non-Orthodox rabbis also be permitted to officiate?

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

 
2018
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Yes

55%

81%

No

40%

13%

No Opinion
5%

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
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Support

42%

73%

Oppose

48%

21%

No Opinion
10%

6%

*American Jews wording: Currently, prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem—a site holy to Jews—are conducted according to Orthodox tradition, with men and women separated by a barrier. Do you support or oppose a mixed-gender prayer area adjacent to the Western Wall administered on an equal basis with the services at the Wall itself?

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
2019
 
Israeli Jews
American Jews
Support

85%

85%

Oppose

7%

7%

No Opinion
8%
8%

Source: AJC.

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