AJC 2012 Survey of American Jewish Opinion

AJC's survey of 1,040 American Jews was conducted by GfK, September 6 - 17, 2012. Margin of error is plus or minus five percent. AJC is a 501(c)(3) organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates for elected office. Conducted annually since 1990, AJC surveys often are cited as an authoritative barometer of American Jewish opinion on a range of issues.

1. Where would you place yourself on this scale?
Liberal 26.6%
Lean Liberal 20.4%
Moderate, middle of the road 33.9%
Lean Conservative 11.3%
Conservative 7.4%

2. In politics today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent?
Republican 15.8%
Democrat 54.8%
Independent 26.8%

3. If the presidential election was being held today, for whom would you most likely vote?
Mitt Romney 24.1%
Barack Obama 64.9%
Undecided 9.9%

4. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's selection of Joseph Biden as his vice-presidential running mate?
Approve Strongly 31.8%
Approve Somewhat 40.8%
Disapprove Somewhat 16.4%
Disapprove Strongly 10.3%

5. Do you approve or disapprove of Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate?
Approve Strongly 13%
Approve Somewhat 22.4%
Disapprove Somewhat 21.9%
Disapprove Strongly 41.4%

6. How important to you is the choice of the vice-presidential running mate in deciding who you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?
Very important 17.4%
Somewhat important 48.9%
Not too important 25.5%
Not at all important 7.8%

7A. Among the following list of choices, what is the most important issue to you in deciding how you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?
National Security 2.6%
Economy 61.5%
Health Care 16.1%
U.S.-Israeli Relations 4.5%
Immigration 1.1%
Energy Security .8%
Taxes 2.4%
Social Security 3.0%
Iran's Nuclear Program 1.3%
Church-State Issues 2.2%
Abortion 4.7%

7B. Among the following list of choices, what is the second most important issue to you in deciding how you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?
National Security 10.3%
Economy 19.7%
Health Care 34.5%
U.S.-Israeli Relations 4.2%
Immigration 1.8%
Energy Security 3.4%
Taxes 11.0%
Social Security 8.8%
Iran's Nuclear Program 1.4%
Church-State Issues 3.0%
Abortion 2.0%

7C. Among the following list of choices, what is the third most important issue to you in deciding how you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?
National Security 14.2%
Economy 9.1%
Health Care 16.9%
U.S.-Israeli Relations 6.1%
Immigration 4.4%
Energy Security 6.6%
Taxes 14.8%
Social Security 15.4%
Iran's Nuclear Program 4.7%
Church-State Issues 2.4%
Abortion 5.5%

8A. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling National Security?
Approve Strongly 39.8%
Approve Somewhat 37%
Disapprove Somewhat 12.6%
Disapprove Strongly 10.5%

8B. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the Economy?
Approve Strongly 18.9%
Approve Somewhat 44.1%
Disapprove Somewhat 14.8%
Disapprove Strongly 22%

8C. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Health Care?
Approve Strongly 37.1%
Approve Somewhat 30.4%
Disapprove Somewhat 11.2%
Disapprove Strongly 20.9%

8D. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling U.S.-Israel Relations?
Approve Strongly 18.7%
Approve Somewhat 42.3%
Disapprove Somewhat 17.6%
Disapprove Strongly 21.1%

8E. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Immigration?
Approve Strongly 21.6%
Approve Somewhat 44.7%
Disapprove Somewhat 15.5%
Disapprove Strongly 17.9%

8F. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Energy Security?
Approve Strongly 18.7%
Approve Somewhat 48.7%
Disapprove Somewhat 17.7%
Disapprove Strongly 12.0%

8G. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Taxes?
Approve Strongly 29.4%
Approve Somewhat 37.2%
Disapprove Somewhat 17.6%
Disapprove Strongly 15.3%

8H. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Social Security?
Approve Strongly 29.4%
Approve Somewhat 38.7%
Disapprove Somewhat 17.5%
Disapprove Strongly 13.8%

8I. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Iran's Nuclear Program?
Approve Strongly 18.8%
Approve Somewhat 41.8%
Disapprove Somewhat 19.9%
Disapprove Strongly 18.7%

8J. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Church-State Issues?
Approve Strongly 27.6%
Approve Somewhat 40.0%
Disapprove Somewhat 16.3%
Disapprove Strongly 15.1%

8K. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling Abortion?
Approve Strongly 48.5%
Approve Somewhat 31.8%
Disapprove Somewhat 9.8%
Disapprove Strongly 8.8%

9. Do you think the Republican or Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decision in dealing with the following:

National Security:
Republican Party 32.5%
Democratic Party 66.1%

Economy:
Republican Party 31.6%
Democratic Party 66.3%

Health Care:
Republican Party 25.5%
Democratic Party 72.4%

U.S.-Israel Relations:
Republican Party 38.6%
Democratic Party 59.5%

Immigration:
Republican Party 30.2%
Democratic Party 68%

Energy Security:
Republican Party 26.8%
Democratic Party 70.6%

Taxes
Republican Party 27%
Democratic Party 71%

Social Security:
Republican Party 28.5%
Democratic Party 69.9%

Iran's Nuclear Program:
Republican Party 36.9%
Democratic Party 61.2%

Church-State Issues:
Republican Party 23.1%
Democratic Party 74.9%

Abortion:
Republican Party 17.3%
Democratic Party 80.1%

10. What is your opinion of the way the Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is handling the U.S.-Israel relationship?
Very Favorable 16.9%
Somewhat Favorable 50.8%
Somewhat Unfavorable 25.8%
Very Unfavorable 5.4%

11. How concerned are you about the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons?
Very concerned 55.4%
Somewhat concerned 32.4%
Not too concerned 10.1%
Not concerned at all 2.1%

12. How likely do you think it is that a combination of diplomacy and sanctions can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
Very likely 7.1%
Somewhat likely 28.4%
Somewhat unlikely 37.8%
Very unlikely 26.4%

13. If diplomacy and sanctions fail, would you support or oppose the United States taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons?
Support Strongly 28%
Support Somewhat 36.1%
Oppose Somewhat 23.9%
Oppose Strongly 11.0%

14. If diplomacy and sanctions fail, would you support or oppose Israel taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons?
Support Strongly 37.2%
Support Somewhat 35.3%
Oppose Somewhat 17.7%
Oppose Strongly 8.7%

15. Compared to one year ago, do you think prospects for Arab-Israeli peace have increased, decreased, or stayed the same?
Increased 7.6%
Decreased 35.9%
Stayed the same 55%

15A. Who do you think is mostly to blame for the failure to achieve an Arab-Israeli peace?
The Israelis 4.3%
The Palestinians 43.6%
The Israelis and the Palestinians are equally to blame 43.4%
Someone else 7.9%

16. Do you think of yourself as...
Orthodox 8.3%
Conservative 26.6%
Reconstructionist 1.6%
Reform 32.2%
Just Jewish 27.4%

17. How important is being Jewish in your own life?
Very important 36.1%
Somewhat important 30.4%
Not too important 16.7%
Not at all important 14.3%

18. Aside from special occasions such as weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, how often do you attend services at a Jewish temple or synagogue?
More than once a week 4.0%
Once a week 10.3%
Once or twice a month 11.8%
A few times a year 25.7%
Once a year or less 14.9%
Never 31.8%

19. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew.
Approve Strongly 38.7%
Approve Somewhat 31.9%
Disapprove Somewhat 12.5%
Disapprove Strongly 14.6%
Date: 9/27/2012 12:00:00 AM
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