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American Attitudes Toward the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

(2019 - 2020)

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How familiar are you with the BDS movement? (American Jewish Committee, Jews September 9-October 4, general public September 15-20, 2020)

 
Jews
General Public
 
2019
2020
2020
Very familiar

26%

25%

5%

Somewhat familiar

36%

36%

20%

Not too familiar
14%
18%
28%
Not at all familiar
24%
21%
47%

Do you view the BDS movement as antisemitic?(American Jewish Committee, Jews September 9-October 4, general public September 15-20, 2020)

 
Jews
General Public
 
2019
2020
2020
Mostly antisemitic

35%

37%

21%

Some antisemitic supporters

47%

43%

47%

Not antisemitic
14%
15%
19%
Don't know/refused
4%
5%
13%

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%