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The Jewish Electorate

(2018 - 2020)

Now you will read a list of issues that some people will be thinking about when they decide how to vote on elections for President, U.S. Congress, and other offices in 2020. For each one, please indicate how important that particular issue will be for you personally in deciding for whom you will vote.

 
2018
2019
2020
2020 (AJC)
Protecting Medicare and Social Security
84
87
89
 
Making quality affordable health care available to every American
83
80
91
17
Enacting gun safety laws
73
79
82
 
Combating the influence of white supremicists and the far right
75
78
 
 
Combating terrorism
74
82
 
 
Improving the economy and creating jobs
87
86
92
13
Coronavirus response    
90
26
Combating anti-Semitism    
82
 
Foreign policy    
82
5
Supreme Court justices    
81
 
Police brutality    
77
 
Systemic racism    
75
12
Crime      
6
Israel    
64
 

 

*Israel was ranked last of 16 issues.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?

 
2018
2019
Feb.. 2020
Sept. 2020
2020 (AJC)
Approve
25
29
28
30
22
Disapprove
75
71
66
67
77

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? (2019)

 
Approve
Disapprove
Under 30 (non-Orthodox)
31
69
Millennial (non-Orthodox)
33
67
Generation X
30
70
Baby Boomer
25
75
Silent/Greatest
22
78
Orthodox
57
43
Conservative
34
66
Reform
23
77
None
24
76

Please indicate if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of ....Donald Trump

 
2019
2020
Favorable
26
30
Unfavorable
70
69

Please indicate if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of ....Joe Biden

 
Feb. 2020
Sept. 2020
Favorable
60
70
Unfavorable
36
28

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

 
AJC 2020
JEI Sept 2020
Trump
22
30
Biden
75
67

Below is a list of issues, for each please indicate whether you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling that issue. (2019)

 
Anti-Semitism
Foreign Policy
Approve
29
32
Disapprove
71
68

Generally speaking, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat or something else?

 
2018
2019
2020
Democrat
68
66
66
Republican
25
25
26
Independent
7
9
 

Compared to two years ago, are Jews in the United States currently more secure or less secure?

 
2019
2020
More secure
8
11
About the same
19
29
Less secure
73
54

Favorable/Unfavorable view of [not question wording]

 
Sept. 2020
 
Favorable
Unfavorable
Protestors marching for social justice
66
26
Black Lives Matter
66
28

In your opinion, is President Trump at least partially responsible for the targeted on synagogues, including those in Pittsburgh and Poway? (2019)

Yes
59
No
41

Which of the following is most concerning to you? (2019)

President Trump: encouraging ultra right extremists committing violent attacks
38
Republicans: tolerating anti-Semitism and alliances with white nationalists within their ranks
28
Democrats: tolerating anti-Semitism within their ranks
27
Republicans: encouraging Islamophobia that leads to more violence
7

And in your opinion, which one or two of the following would be the best way for individuals or communities to help improve the security of Jews in the United States? (2019)

Help get people elected with the best values
43
Work to get Donald Trump out
39
Press Democrats: to condemn anti-Semitism
31
Add to armed security
12
Become more active in Jewish social action groups
12
Join ecumenical groups to change the climate of hate
11
Becom more active in synagogue
4

Sources: Jewish Electorate Institute, (May 22, 2019, February 18-24, 2020, September 2-7, 2020);
AJC 2020 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, American Jewish Committee, (September 9-October 4, 2020).