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.”
2018 result

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?”
2018 result

Iran


Following Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA nuclear agreement in May 2018, GBA Strategies asked American Jews for their opinion on on his decision. The poll found that:

  • more than two-thirds of American Jews opposed Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement. That was a slightly higher percentage than the total number of Americans who opposed the withdrawal according to a CNN/SSRS survey.

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%
2018 Healthcare 43% Gun violence 28%

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%
2018 4%

Complete Polling Data

Election Night Surveys

2015 Iran Polling

Other Polling of American Jewish Opinion

 

Also see:

Our January 2017 Poll of Israelis

Our November 2014 Poll of Israelis

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