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The Jewish Electorate

(2018 - 2019)

Now you will read a list of issues that some people will be thinking about when they decide how to vote on elections for President, U.S. Congress, and other offices in 2020. For each one, please indicate how important that particular issue will be for you personally in deciding for whom you will vote.

 
2018
2019
  One of the most important Very important Total One of the most important Very important Total
Protecting Medicare and Social Security
59
25
84
58
29
87
Making quality affordable health care available to every American
60
23
83
53
27
80
Enacting gun safety laws
46
27
73
50
29
79
Combating the influence of white supremicists and the far right
45
30
75
49
29
78
Combating terrorism
38
36
74
47
35
82
Improving the economy and creating jobs
40
47
87
46
40
86

*Israel was ranked last of 16 issues.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?

Approve
29
Disapprove
71

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?

 
Approve
Disapprove
Under 30 (non-Orthodox)
31
69
Millennial (non-Orthodox)
33
67
Generation X
30
70
Baby Boomer
25
75
Silent/Greatest
22
78
Orthodox
57
43
Conservative
34
66
Reform
23
77
None
24
76

Please indicate if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of ....Donald Trump

Favorable
26
Unfavorable
70

Below is a list of issues, for each please indicate whether you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling that issue.

 
Anti-Semitism
Foreign Policy
Approve
29
32
Disapprove
71
68

Generally speaking, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat or something else?

 
2018
2019
Democrat
68
65
Republican
25
25
Independent
7
9

Compared to two years ago, are Jews in the United States currently more secure or less secure?

More secure
73
About the same
19
Less secure
8

In your opinion, is President Trump at least partially responsible for the targeted on synagogues, including those in Pittsburgh and Poway?

Yes
59
No
41

Which of the following is most concerning to you?

President Trump: encouraging ultra right extremists committing violent attacks
38
Republicans: tolerating anti-Semitism and alliances with white nationalists within their ranks
28
Democrats: tolerating anti-Semitism within their ranks
27
Republicans: encouraging Islamophobia that leads to more violence
7

And in your opinion, which one or two of the following would be the best way for individuals or communities to help improve the security of Jews in the United States?

Help get people elected with the best values
43
Work to get Donald Trump out
39
Press Democrats: to condemn anti-Semitism
31
Add to armed security
12
Become more active in Jewish social action groups
12
Join ecumenical groups to change the climate of hate
11
Becom more active in synagogue
4

Source: Jewish Electorate Institute, (May 22, 2019).