Polling

Since our founding, J Street has regularly commissioned polls to keep track of American Jewish public opinion on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The respected polling firm GBA strategies has conducted these polls, including polls of American Jewish voters on every election night since 2010. This large body of data makes clear that American Jews consistently and overwhelmingly support pro-Israel, pro-peace policies and the tough diplomacy needed to solve problems in the Middle East.

Support for the two-state solution

“I support a two-state solution that declares an end to the conflict and creates a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank”


“The two-state solution is necessary to strengthen Israeli security and ensure Israel’s Jewish and democratic character is maintained”

“A two-state solution is an important national security interest for the United States.”
Average, 2008-2014

American diplomatic leadership

“A two-state solution is an important national security interest for the United States.”


“Would you still support the US playing an active role if it meant publicly stating its disagreements with both sides?”
2016 result

Iran


Following the signing of the JCPOA nuclear agreement in July 2015, J Street commissioned GBA Strategies to carry out a poll of American Jewish opinion on the agreement. The poll found that:

  • American Jews supported the agreement by a 20-point margin, 60-40. That was a slightly higher percentage than the total number of Americans who supported the agreement according to an ABC News/Washington Post survey.

The poll’s findings echoes the findings of an LA Jewish Journal poll at that time, which found that American Jews supported the agreement 53-35.

Political Preferences

Hawkish groups often claim that the Jewish vote is liable to swing heavily based on voters concerns about Israel. Yet year after year, the same large majority of American Jews supports the Democratic party – and only a very small number of Jewish voters rank Israel as one of their top priority voting issues.

American Jewish party choice for Congress:

Top 2 priority voting issues:

Election Issue 1 Percentage Issue 2 Percentage
2010 The economy 62% Healthcare 31%
2012 The economy 53% Healthcare 32%
2014 The economy 44% Healthcare 31%
2016 The economy 35% Healthcare, ISIS & terrorism (tie) 27%

Percentage choosing Israel as one of their top-two voting issues:

Year Israel as a top-two voting issue
2010 7%
2012 10%
2014 8%
2016 9%

Complete Polling Data

 

Election Night Surveys

2015 Iran Polling

Other Polling of American Jewish Opinion

 

Also see:

Our November 2014 Poll of Israelis