Poll of Colorado Jews Finds Strong Support for Iran Deal

August 20, 2015

A poll of Jewish voters in the crucial swing state of Colorado finds 62 percent support the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran while 33 percent are opposed.

The telephone survey of 400 Jewish voters, conducted this week by the polling firm GBA Strategies, found that support in this group exceeded the 56 percent national support for the agreement measured in the last ABC/Washington Post poll. The two polls used identical wording to measure opinion on the Iran agreement.

The full text of the survey, analysis and crosstabs is available online at irandealfacts.org.

The result is significant because Colorado has become a key battleground state and Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Democratic members of the Colorado House delegation have yet to declare how they will vote on the resolution to disapprove of the agreement that will come up in Congress next month.

“This poll provides yet more evidence that despite the $40 million being spent by the other side, Jewish voters continue to support the agreement and a diplomatic path to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of J Street, which sponsored the poll.

Pollster Jim Gerstein added: “Contrary to punditry that says Jews are divided on this issue, the data are very clear: Colorado’s Jewish voters overwhelmingly support the agreement and they back President Obama’s leadership.”

The survey found that awareness of the agreement among Colorado Jews was very high, with 81 percent saying they had heard a either great deal or some about it. However, even though Jewish voters were paying attention to the issue, it was far from their top priority.

The economy (31 percent), education (31 percent) and the environment (21 percent) were the top issues for these voters. Only 12 percent cited Iran as one of their top two issues and only 7 percent cited Israel.

Looking forward to next year’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton led Jeb Bush by 68-23 percent. The poll did not test a direct matchup between Clinton and Donald Trump but found that Trump was the most disliked politician in the survey, receiving a 16 percent approval rating and 73 percent disapproval.

The poll carried a statistical margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.