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

(Updated October 2013)


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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).

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