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American Attitudes Toward the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

(2019)

How much have you heard about BDS, or the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement aimed at Israel? (University of Maryland, October 4-10, 2019)

A great deal

6%

A good amount

14%

A little
29%
I have not heard about it. Refused
52%

Based on what you have heard, do you support or oppose BDS, or the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement? (University of Maryland, October 4-10, 2019)

Support strongly

8%

Support somewhat

18%

Neither support nor oppose
26%
Oppose somewhat
9%
Oppose strongly
38%
Refused
1%
Total Support
26%
Total Oppose
47%

Tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statement: BDS is a legitimate, peaceful way of opposing Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, BDS urges action to pressure Israel to
comply with international law. Opposing Israeli policy does not equal anti-Semitism. (
University of Maryland, October 4-10, 2019)

Strongly disagree

32%

Somewhat disagree

11%

Neither agree nor disagree
20%
Somewhat agree
15%
Strongly agree
21%
Refused
1%
Total Disgree
43%
Total Agree
36%

Tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statement: Regardless of how BDS defines itself, it is an anti-Israel organization attempting to weaken Israel and to undermine its legitimacy. Some of its supporters are opponents of Israel’s very existence and may even be anti-Semitic. (University of Maryland, October 4-10, 2019)

Strongly disagree

16%

Somewhat disagree

10%

Neither agree nor disagree
23%
Somewhat agree
15%
Strongly agree
34%
Refused
2%
Total Disgree
26%
Total Agree
49%

Now tell me, which of the following is closer to your view? (University of Maryland, October 4-10, 2019)

BDS is a legitimate, peaceful way of opposing Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, BDS urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law. Opposing Israeli policy does not equal anti-Semitism.

42%

Regardless of how BDS defines itself, it is an anti-Israel organization attempting to weaken Israel and to undermine its legitimacy. Some of its supporters are opponents of Israel’s very existence and may even be anti-Semitic.

54%

I have not heard about it. Refused
4%

Which of the following is closer to your view? (University of Maryland, October 4-10, 2019)

We should SUPPORT laws that penalize people who boycott Israel because these laws help protect Israel.

22%

We should OPPOSE laws that penalize people who boycott Israel because these laws infringe on the Constitutional right to free speech and peaceful protest.

72%

Refused
7%