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American Public Opinion Polls: Survey of American Jews' Political Values

(Updated March 2016)

Opinions of Presidential candidates among Americans identifying their religion as Jewish. (Gallup, March 2015)

 

Favorable

Unfavorable

No opinion/don't know

Bernie Sanders

61%

30%

9%

Hillary Clinton

60%

35%

5%

John Kasich

45%

28%

27%

Donald Trump

24%

72%

4%

Ted Cruz

20%

72%

8%

In terms of national priorities and interests, how important would you rank the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? (The Brookings Institution, December 2014)

   
Not among the top 5 issues

41%

Among the top 5 issues

37%

Among the top 3 issues

16%

The most important issue in the US

5%

Refused to answer

1%

What is your Jewish denominational affiliation, if any?

 

July 2012

October 2013

Orthodox

8%

10%

Conservative

18%

18%

Reform

31%

35%

Reconstructionist/Other

14%

6%

No Denomination/Affiliation

36%

30%

What is your attitude and attachment to Israel?

 

July 2012

October 2013

Emotional Attachment to Israel

39%

69%

Visited Israel at least Once

29%

43%

What does it mean to be Jewish?
              (Pew Research, October 2013)

Remembering Holocaust

73%

Leading Ethical/Moral Life

69%

Working for Justice/Equality

56%

Being Intellectually Curious

49%

Caring About Israel

43%

Having Good Sense of Humor

42%

Being Part of a Jewish Community

28%

Observing Jewish Law

19%

Eating Traditional Jewish Foods

14%

What is your political ideology?
              (Pew Research, October 2013)

Liberal

49%

Moderate

29%

Conservative

19%

Don't Know

3%

What is your political party membership?
              (Pew Research, October 2013)

Democrat/Lean Democrat

70%

Republican/Lean Republican

22%

Independent/Other/No Party

8%

Which of the following describes you best?

Not sure

I have no desire to be politically active

I would be more politically active if I had more time

I'd like to be more politically active, but I'm not sure how

I am politically active

5%

38%

27%

16%

14%

What are your views on the following issues?

 

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Not Sure

Agree

Strongly Agree

The Palestinian Authority truly wants peace

46%

25%

24%

3%

2%

The current Israeli government truly wants peace

2%

11%

29%

32%

26%

The Israeli government wants to prevent the emergence of a Palestinian state

6%

16%

32%

27%

18%

The Palestinians seek Israel's destruction

1%

3%

18%

24%

54%

Israel should freeze the expansion of settlements on the West Bank

10%

12%

39%

23%

17%

Please answer the following questions regarding the Israelis and Palestinians:

Who is more to blame for the failure of both sides to reach a peace agreement?

Israelis More to Blame

1%

Palestinians More to Blame

57%

Both equally

32%

Not sure

10%

Who should the U.S. support?

US should support Palestinians

0%

US should support Israel

73%

Both Equally

17%

Not sure

9%

To what extent do you see yourself as...

 

Not Important

Somewhat Important

Very Important

Extremely Important

A cultural Jew

18%

41%

36%

4%

A religious Jew

51%

33%

13%

4%

Pro-Israel

8%

21%

42%

33%

A Zionist

49%

21%

14%

16%

As a child, what was the main type of Jewish schooling you received, if any?

A day school

9%

A "shule" or secular school or school that emphasized Jewish culture

6%

Another type of Jewish school that met afternoons or weekends, twice a week or more

33%

A Sunday school

22%

None

30%

How important is being Jewish in your life, if at all?

Very important

44%

Somewhat important

37%

Not too important

14%

Not at all important

5%

Aside from weddings, funerals or family events, how often do you attend Jewish religious services?

Once a week or more

2-3 times a month

Once a month

A few times a year

Once or twice a year

Never

9%

6%

6%

18%

22%

39%

On Yom Kippur, do you usually fast at least part of the day?

Yes

No

Not sure

55%

41%

3%

Do you belong to a...

 

Yes

No

Synagogue, Temple, havurah or minyan?

33%

67%

Church or other non-Jewish house of worship?

99%

1%

In the past 2 years, have you served on the board, or in any leadership capacity in...

 

Yes

A synagogue?

15%

A Jewish activist, progressive or social justice project or organization?

11%

Any other Jewish organization?

-

To what extent would you say that your Jewish identity is important in shaping your political identity?

To a great extent

35%

Somewhat

42%

Not at all

18%

Not sure

5%

To what extent would you say that your political identity is important in shaping your Jewish identity?

To a great extent

10%

Somewhat

25%

Not at all

58%

Not sure

8%


Sources: The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring (July 2012); Pew Research (October 2013).