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


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:

ElectionIssue 1PercentageIssue 2Percentage
2010The economy62%Healthcare31%
2012The economy53%Healthcare32%
2014The economy44%Healthcare31%
2016The economy35%Healthcare, ISIS & terrorism (tie)27%
2018Healthcare43%Gun violence28%

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

YearIsrael as a top-two voting issue

Complete Polling Data

Election Night Surveys

2015 Iran Polling

Other Polling of American Jewish Opinion


Also see:

Our 2019 Polling of Likely Democratic Primary Voters

Our January 2017 Poll of Israelis

Our November 2014 Poll of Israelis

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J Street's 2019 Polling of Likely Democratic Primary Voters