American Public Opinion Polls:
Jewish Opinion

(September 2012)


Public Opinion: Table of Contents | American Polls | Annual AJC 2012 Survey


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Where would you place yourself on this scale?

Liberal
26.6%
Lean Liberal
20.4%
Moderate, Middle of the Road
33.9%
Lean Conservative
11.3%
Conservative
7.4%

In politics today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent?

Republican
15.8%
Democrat
54.8%
Independent
26.8%

If the presidential election was being held today, for whom would you most likely vote?

Mitt Romney
24.1%
Barack Obama
64.9%
Undecided
9.9%

Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's selection of Joeseph Biden as his vice-presidential running mate?

Approve Strongly
31.8%
Approve Somewhat
40.8%
Disapprove Somewhat
16.4%
Disapprove Strongly
10.3%

Do you approve or disapprove of Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate?

Approve Strongly
13%
Approve Somewhat
22.4%
Disapprove Somewhat
21.9%
Disapprove Strongly
41.4%

How important to you is the choice of the vice-presidential running mate in deciding who you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?

Very important
17.4%
Somewhat important
48.9%
Not too important
25.5%
Not at all important
7.8%

Among the following list of choices, what is the most important issue to you in deciding how you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?

National Security
2.6%
Economy
61.5%
Health Care
16.1%
U.S.-Israeli Relations
4.5%
Immigration
1.1%
Energy Security
0.8%
Taxes
2.4%
Social Security
3.0%
Iran's Nuclear Program
1.3%
Church-State Issues
2.2%
Abortion
4.7%

Among the following list of choices, what is the second most important issue to you in deciding how you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?

National Security
10.3%
Economy
19.7%
Health Care
34.5%
U.S.-Israeli Relations
4.2%
Immigration
1.8%
Energy Security
3.4%
Taxes
11.0%
Social Security
8.8%
Iran's Nuclear Program
1.4%
Church-State Issues
3.0%
Abortion
2.0%

Among the following list of choices, what is the third most important issue to you in deciding how you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?

National Security
14.2%
Economy
9.1%
Health Care
16.9%
U.S.-Israeli Relations
6.1%
Immigration
4.4%
Energy Security
6.6%
Taxes
14.8%
Social Security
15.4%
Iran's Nuclear Program
4.7%
Church-State Issues
2.4%
Abortion
5.5%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling National Security?

Approve Strongly
39.8%
Approve Somewhat
37.0%
Disapprove Somewhat
12.6%
Disapprove Strongly
10.5%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the Economy?

Approve Strongly
18.9%
Approve Somewhat
44.1%
Disapprove Somewhat
14.8%
Disapprove Strongly
22.0%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Health Care?

Approve Strongly
37.1%
Approve Somewhat
30.4%
Disapprove Somewhat
11.2%
Disapprove Strongly
20.9%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling U.S.-Israel Relations?

Approve Strongly
18.7%
Approve Somewhat
42.3%
Disapprove Somewhat
17.6%
Disapprove Strongly
21.1%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Immigration?

Approve Strongly
21.6%
Approve Somewhat
44.7%
Disapprove Somewhat
15.5%
Disapprove Strongly
17.9%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Energy Security?

Approve Strongly
18.7%
Approve Somewhat
48.7%
Disapprove Somewhat
17.7%
Disapprove Strongly
12.0%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Taxes?

Approve Strongly
29.4%
Approve Somewhat
37.2%
Disapprove Somewhat
17.6%
Disapprove Strongly
15.3%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Social Security?

Approve Strongly
29.4%
Approve Somewhat
38.7%
Disapprove Somewhat
17.5%
Disapprove Strongly
13.8%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Iran's Nuclear Program?

Approve Strongly
18.8%
Approve Somewhat
41.8%
Disapprove Somewhat
19.9%
Disapprove Strongly
18.7%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Church-State Issues?

Approve Strongly
27.6%
Approve Somewhat
40.0%
Disapprove Somewhat
16.3%
Disapprove Strongly
15.1%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Abortion?

Approve Strongly
48.5%
Approve Somewhat
31.8%
Disapprove Somewhat
9.8%
Disapprove Strongly
8.8%

Do you think the Republican or Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decision in dealing with the following:

 
Republican Party
Democratic Party
National Security
32.5%
66.1%
Economy
31.6%
66.3%
Health Care
25.5%
72.4%
U.S.-Israeli Relations
38.6%
59.5%
Immigration
30.2%
68.0%
Energy Security
26.8%
70.6%
Taxes
27.0%
71.0%
Social Security
28.5%
69.9%
Iran's Nuclear Program
36.9%
61.2%
Church-State Issues
23.1%
74.9%
Abortion
17.3%
80.1%

What is your opinion of the way the Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is handling the U.S.-Israel relationship?

Very Favorable

16.9%
Somewhat Favorable
50.8%
Somewhat Unfavorable
25.8%
Very Unfavorable
5.4%

How concerned are you about the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons?

Very Concerned
55.4%
Somewhat Concerned
32.4%
Not Too Concerned
10.1%
Not Concerned At All
2.1%
No Response
n/a

How likely do you think it is that a combination of diplomacy and sanctions can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons?

Very Likely
7.1%
Somewhat Likely
28.4%
Somewhat Unlikley
37.8%
Very Unlikely
26.4%

If diplomacy and sanctions fail, would you support or oppose the United States taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons?

Support Strongly
28%
Somewhat Support
36.1%
Oppose Somewhat
23.9%
Oppose Strongly
11.0%

If diplomacy and sanctions fail, would you support or oppose Israel taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons?

Support Strongly
37.2%
Somewhat Support
35.3%
Oppose Somewhat
17.7%
Oppose Strongly
8.7%

Compared to one year ago, do you think prospects for Arab-Israeli peace have increased, decreased, or stayed the same?

Increased
7.6%
Decreased
35.9%
Stayed the same
55.0%

Who do you think is mostly to blame for the failure to achieve an Arab-Israeli peace?

The Israelis
4.3%
The Palestinians
43.6%
The Israelis and the Palestinians are equally to blame
43.4%
Someone else
7.9%

Do you think of yourself as...

Orthodox
8.3%
Conservative
26.6%
Reconstructionist
1.6%
Reform 32.2%
Just Jewish
27.4%

How important is being Jewish in your own life?

Very important
36.1%
Somewhat important
30.4%
Not too important
16.7%
Not at all important
14.3%

Aside from special occasions such as weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, how often do you attend services at a Jewish temple or synagogue?

More than once a week
4.0%
Once a week
10.6%
Once or twice a month
11.8%
A few times a year 25.7%
Once a year or less 14.9%
Never
31.8%

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

Approve Strongly
38.7%
Approve Somewhat
31.9%
Disapprove Somewhat
12.5%
Disapprove Strongly 14.6%

Source: American Jewish Committee

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