2012 AJC Survey of American Jewish Opinion


The AJC survey of 1,074 American Jews was conducted by Knowledge Networks, March 14 – 27, 2012.

2012 Survey of American Jewish Opinion - Press Release

2012 Survey of American Jewish Opinion - Highlights

2012 Survey of American Jewish Opinion - Methodology

Survey Results:

1. Where would you place yourself on this scale?

24% Liberal
22% Lean Liberal
35% Moderate, Middle of the Road
10% Lean Conservative
9% Conservative
0% No Response

2. In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent?

19% Republican
26% Independent
52% Democrat
2% Other
0% No Response

2A. [IF INDEPENDENT/OTHER] As of TODAY, do you think of yourself as closer to the…

34% Republican Party
64% Democratic Party
1% No Response

3. This is a list of the front running candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Please indicate your opinion of each candidate. If you haven't heard enough to decide, please select that response.

3A. Mitt Romney

11% Very Favorable
25% Somewhat Favorable
29% Very Unfavorable
28% Somewhat Unfavorable
6% Haven't Heard Enough to Decide
1% No Response

3B. Rick Santorum

3% Very Favorable
15% Somewhat Favorable
55% Very Unfavorable
19% Somewhat Unfavorable
8% Haven't Heard Enough to Decide
1% No Response

3C. Newt Gingrich

3% Very Favorable
14% Somewhat Favorable
53% Very Unfavorable
23% Somewhat Unfavorable
6% Haven't Heard Enough to Decide
1% No Response

3D. Ron Paul

5% Very Favorable
17% Somewhat Favorable
39% Very Unfavorable
27% Somewhat Unfavorable
12% Haven't Heard Enough to Decide
1% No Response

4. If the presidential election was being held today, and the candidates were [ORDER ROTATED] Mitt Romney, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat, for whom would you most likely vote?

28% Mitt Romney, Republican
61% Barack Obama, Democrat
11% Undecided
*% No Response

4A. [IF UNDECIDED IN Q4] At this point, are you leaning toward Mitt Romney, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat [ORDER ROTATED]?

5% Mitt Romney, Republican
6% Barack Obama, Democrat
1% No Response

5. If the presidential election was being held today, and the candidates were [ORDER ROTATED] Rick Santorum, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat, for whom would you most likely vote?

21% Rick Santorum, Republican
68% Barack Obama, Democrat
11% Hard Undecided
*% No Response

5A. [IF UNDECIDED IN Q5] At this point, are you leaning toward Rick Santorum, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat [ORDER ROTATED]?

6% Rick Santorum, Republican
5% Barack Obama, Democrat
*% No Response

6. If the presidential election was being held today, and the candidates were [ORDER ROTATED] Newt Gingrich, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat, for whom would you most likely vote?

21% Newt Gingrich, Republican
68% Barack Obama, Democrat
12% Undecided
*% No Response

6A. [IF UNDECIDED IN Q6] At this point, are you leaning toward Newt Gingrich, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat [ORDER ROTATED]?

6% Newt Gingrich, Republican
5% Barack Obama, Democrat
1% No Response

7. If the presidential election was being held today, and the candidates were [ORDER ROTATED] Ron Paul, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat, for whom would you most likely vote?

19% Ron Paul, Republican
66% Barack Obama, Democrat
15% Undecided
1% No Response

7A. [IF UNDECIDED IN Q7] At this point, are you leaning toward Ron Paul, Republican, or Barack Obama, Democrat [ORDER ROTATED]?

8% Ron Paul, Republican
7% Barack Obama, Democrat
1% No Response

8. Among the following list of choices, which are the 3 most important issues to you in deciding how you will vote in the 2012 presidential election?

1st 2nd 3rd All  
9% 9% 8% 26% National Security
29% 26% 28% 80% Economy
20% 19% 20% 57% Health Care
6% 9% 8% 22% US-Israel Relations
4% 3% 1% 8% Immigration
4% 5% 4% 14% Energy Security
8% 10% 10% 26% Taxes
8% 7% 8% 22% Social Security
4% 5% 6% 15% Iran's Nuclear Program
4% 2% 2% 8% Church-State Issues
3% 4% 4% 11% Abortion
1% - - 1% No Response

9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling each of these issues:

9A. National Security

23% Approve Strongly
46% Approve Somewhat
18% Disapprove Somewhat
11% Disapprove Strongly
1% No Response

9B. Economy

16% Approve Strongly
41% Approve Somewhat
20% Disapprove Somewhat
21% Disapprove Strongly
2% No Response

9C. Health Care

23% Approve Strongly
39% Approve Somewhat
14% Disapprove Somewhat
22% Disapprove Strongly
1% No Response

9D. US-Israel Relations

15% Approve Strongly
43% Approve Somewhat
22% Disapprove Somewhat
18% Disapprove Strongly
1% No Response

9E. Immigration

12% Approve Strongly
44% Approve Somewhat
26% Disapprove Somewhat
16% Disapprove Strongly
2% No Response

9F. Energy Security

13% Approve Strongly
48% Approve Somewhat
22% Disapprove Somewhat
16% Disapprove Strongly
2% No Response

9G. Taxes

15% Approve Strongly
42% Approve Somewhat
24% Disapprove Somewhat
17% Disapprove Strongly
2% No Response

9H. Social Security

18% Approve Strongly
43% Approve Somewhat
25% Disapprove Somewhat
13% Disapprove Strongly
1% No Response

9I. Iran’s Nuclear Program

17% Approve Strongly
44% Approve Somewhat
21% Disapprove Somewhat
16% Disapprove Strongly
1% No Response

9J. Church-State Issues

24% Approve Strongly
44& Approve Somewhat
18% Disapprove Somewhat
12% Disapprove Strongly
2% No Response

9K. Abortion

34% Approve Strongly
39% Approve Somewhat
15% Disapprove Somewhat
10% Disapprove Strongly
1% No Response

10. Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decisions in dealing with the following issues:

10A. National Security

36% Republican Party
60% Democratic Party
3% No Response

10B. Economy

36% Republican Party
62% Democratic Party
2% No Response

10C. Health Care

32% Republican Party
66% Democratic Party
2% No Response

10D. US-Israel Relations

40% Republican Party
57% Democratic Party
3% No Response

10E. Immigration

32% Republican Party
64% Democratic Party
4% No Response

10F. Energy Security

30% Republican Party
66% Democratic Party
4% No Response

10G. Taxes

35% Republican Party
63% Democratic Party
2% No Response

10H. Social Security

32% Republican Party
65% Democratic Party
2% No Response

10I. Iran's Nuclear Party

37% Republican Party
60% Democratic Party
3% No Response

10J. Chuch-State Issues

22% Republican Party
74% Democratic Party
3% No Response

10K. Abortion

16% Republican Party
81% Democratic Party
2% No Response

11. How concerned are you about the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons?

56% Very Concerned
33% Somewhat Concerned
9% Not Too Concerned
2% Not Concerned At All
0% No Response

12. How likely do you think it is that a combination of diplomacy and sanctions can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons?

5% Very Likely
37% Somewhat Likely
35% Somewhat Unlikely
21% Very Unlikely
2% No Response

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?

28% Support Strongly
36% Somewhat Somewhat
24% Oppose Somewhat
10% Oppose Strongly
2% No Response

14. If diplomacy and sanctions fail, would you support or oppose Israel taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons?

39% Support Strongly
36% Somewhat Somewhat
14% Oppose Somewhat
11% Oppose Strongly
1% No Response

15. Compared to one year ago, do you think prospects for Arab-Israeli peace have increased, decreased, or stayed the same?

7% Increased
37% Decreased
55% Stayed the Same
2% No Response

16. Do you think of yourself as...

8% Orthodox
26% Conservative
1% Reconstructionist
34% Reform
26% Just Jewish
5% No Response

17. How important is being Jewish in your own life?

38% Very Important
29% Somewhat Important
18% Not Too Important
14% Not At All Important
1% No Response

18. Aside from special occasions such as weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, how often do you attend services at a Jewish temple or synagogue?

6% More Than Once a Week
8% Once a Week
12% Once or Twice a Month
27% A Few Times a Year
16% Once a Year or Less
31% Never
1% No Response

19. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew.

37% Agree Strongly
34% Agree Somewhat
15% Disagree Somewhat
13% Disagree Strongly
1% No Response

20. Have you ever been to Israel?

59% No
19% Yes, Once
9% Yes, Twice
12% Yes, Three or More Times
1% No Response

20A. [IF NO] Why not?

48% I've never had the opportunity to go
32% Its too expensive
13% I'm afraid
31% I'm not interested
11% Other

21. What is your opinion of the way the Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is handling the US-Israel relationship?

22% Very Favorable
48% Somewhat Favorable
10% Very Unfavorable
18% Somewhat Unfavorable
2% No Response

Knowledge Network Profile Questions

22. Gender

51% Male
49% Female

23. Age

15% 18-29
24% 30-44
26% 45-59
36% 60+

24. Education

1% Less Than High School
9% High School Graduate
24% Some College
66% College Graduate

25. Household Income

20% $0 - <$50K
28% $50K - <$85K
29% $85K - <$125K
22% $125K+

26. Marital Status

54% Married
17% Previously Married
21% Never Married
8% Living with Partner

27. Region

36% Northeast
13% Midwest
26% South
24% West
Date: 4/30/2012 12:00:00 AM
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