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American Public Opinion Polls: Attitudes of American Jews

(September 2016)

American Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes of American Jews

(September 2016)


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American Jewish Committee, "2016 AJC Survey of American Jewish Opinion," AJC. Conducted August 8-28, 2016.

Where would you place yourself on this scale?

Liberal
39%
Lean Liberal
12%
Moderate, Middle of the Road
23%
Lean Conservative
8%
Conservative
16%

In politics today, do you consider yourself...?

Republican
18%
Democrat
51%
Independent
26%
Green
2%
Libertarian
1%

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

Hillary Clinton
61%
Donald Trump
19%
Gary Johnson
6%
Jill Stein
3%
Will not vote
8%

How important to you is the choice of the vice-presidential candidate in deciding whom you will vote for in the 2016 presidential election?

Very Important
19%
Somewhat Important
36%
Not Too Important
28%
Not Important At All
16%

Seats in the House of Representatives and, in some states, Senate seats and/or governorships will also be on the ballot. If the election were held today, would you vote the straight party line, or split your ticket and vote for the candidate of one party for president and another party for other offices?

Straight Party Line
54%
Split Ticket
39%
No Opinion
7%

Among the following choices, what do you think are the most important issues in deciding how you will vote in the 2016 presidential election?

Foreign Policy
10%
Immigration
4%
Healthcare
9%
Economy/Jobs
29%
Terrorism and National Security
16%
Climate Change
9%
Federal Deficit
2%
Taxes
3%
Race Relations
4%
Other
12%

Among the following choices, what do you think is the second most important issue in deciding how you will vote in the 2016 presidential election?

Foreign Policy
12%
Immigration
6%
Healthcare
13%
Economy/Jobs
22%
Terrorism and National Security
15%
Climate Change
8%
Federal Deficit
3%
Taxes
5%
Race Relations
8%
Other
6%

How much confidence do you have in Congress?

A Great Deal
2%
A Lot
4%
Some
29%
Very Little
43%
None
17%
No Opinion
5%

How much confidence do you have in Television news?

A Great Deal
6%
A Lot
13%
Some
35%
Very Little
28%
None
13%
No Opinion
5%

How much confidence do you have in the Police?

A Great Deal
29%
A Lot
32%
Some
30%
Very Little
4%
None
2%
No Opinion
2%

What role do you think the U.S. should play in solving international problems?

The Leading Role
26%
A Major Role, But Not The Lead
58%
A Minor Role
10%
No Role At All
4%

Recently, the U.S., along with five other countries, reached a deal on Iran's nuclear program. Do you approve or disapprove of this agreement?

Approve strongly
16.4%
Approve somewhat
34.2%
Disapprove somewhat
19.8%
Disapprove strongly
27.4%

When children in our country grow up, will they be better off, worse off, or neither better nor worse off than their parents?

Better Off
29%
Worse Off
39%
Neither Better Nor Worse
27%

How would you characterize the U.S.-Israel relationship today?

Very Good
16%
Fairly Good
57%
Fairly Poor
17%
Very Poor
8%

Which of the two major party candidates for President would be better at handling terrorism?

Hillary Clinton
58%
Donald Trump
22%
Neither
11%
No Opinion
9%

Which of the two major party candidates for President would be more likely to unite the country?

Hillary Clinton
55%
Donald Trump
11%
Neither
25%
No Opinion
8%

Which of the two major party candidates for President would be more likely to promote US-Israel relations?

Hillary Clinton
57%
Donald Trump
22%
Neither
9%
No Opinion
10%

Which of the two major party candidates for President would be more likely to effectively deal with Iran?

Hillary Clinton
58%
Donald Trump
19%
Neither
12%
No Opinion
10%

Is anti-Semitism currently a problem on the American college campus?

Yes, A Serious Problem
23%
Yes, Somewhat Of A Problem
34%
No, Not Much Of A Problem
21%
No, Not A Problem At All
6%
No Opinion
16%

Do you think of yourself as...?

Orthodox
9%
Conservative
18%
Reconstructionist
2%
Reform
34%
Just Jewish
34%

What is your current marital status?

Unmarried
49%
Married To A Born Jew
32%
Married To A Convert To Judaism
3%
Married To A Non-Jew
15%

How important is being Jewish in your life?

Very Important
44%
Somewhat Important
35%
Not Very Important
11%
Not Important At All
10%

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

Agree Strongly
47%
Agree Somewhat
26%
Disagree Somewhat
16%
Disagree Strongly
10%

Do you believe that Israel and a Palestinian state can coexist peacefully?

Yes
49%
No
29%
Undecided
20%

Have you ever been to Israel?

Yes, Once
21%
No
52%
Yes, More Than Once
27%

Which of these statements best represents your opinion of the role of religion in the State of Israel?

Religion Should Play More Of A Role
11%
Religion Should Play Less Of A Role
22%
The Current Relationship Is Best
24%
There Should Be Seperation Of Church & State
37%
No Opinion
5%

Do you think the fact that Orthodox Judaism is the only denomination recognized by Israel as an official form of Judasim...

Strengthens Israel's Ties With American Jews
6%
Weakens Israel's Ties With American Jews
48%
Has No Effect On Israel's Ties With American Jews
39%
No Opinion
6%

What do you consider the most important change necessary in Israeli Judaism?

Legal Recognition And Equality For All Sects Of Judaism
41%
Access For Mixed-Gender Prayer At The Western Wall
9%
Establishing The Option For Civil Marriage & Divorce
15%
No Changes
27%
No Opinion
7%

Currently, Jewish weddings, divorces, and conversions in Israel are legally recognized only if carried out under the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, which is Orthodox. Are you satisfied with this system or should legal recognition also be extended to non-Orthodox weddings, divorces and conversions?

Yes, I Am Satisfied With The System
14%
No, Legal Recognition Should Be Extended To Non-Orthodox Weddings, Divorces, And Conversions
74%
No Opinion
11%

A proposal has recently been made to set aside an area near the Western Wall in Jerusalem - a site holy to Jews - for mixed-gender Jewish prayer. Currently, prayer services are conducted according to Orthodox tradition, with men and women separated by a barrier. Do you support or oppose the creation of a mixed-gender prayer area near the Wall?

Support
70%
Oppose
16%
No Opinion
13%