AJC Survey of American Jewish Opinion 2016

AJC Survey of American Jewish Opinion 2016

AJC’s 2016 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on telephone interviews carried out August 8-28 with a national sample of 1,002 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.57%.

1. Where would you place yourself on this scale?

  Liberal
Lean Liberal
Moderate, Middle of the Road
Lean Conservative
Conservative
39
12
23
8
16


2. In politics today, do you consider yourself....
  Republican
Democrat
Green Party
Libertarian
Independent
18
51
2
1
26


3. If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you most likely vote?


4. How important to you is the choice of the vice-presidential candidate in deciding whom you will vote for in the 2016 presidential election?
  Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not at all important
19
36
28
16


5. Seats in the House of Representatives and, in some states, Senate seats and/or governorships will also be on the ballot. If the election were held today, would you vote the straight party line, or split your ticket and vote for the candidate of one party for president and another party for other offices?
  Straight Party Line
Split Ticket
No opinion
54
39
7


6a. Among the following choices, what do you think are the most important issues in deciding how you will vote in the 2016 presidential election?
  Foreign Policy
Immigration
Healthcare
The Economy, Jobs
Terrorism and National Security
Climate change
Federal Deficit
Taxes
Race Relations
Another issue
10
4
9
29
16
9
2
3
4
12


6b. Among the following choices, what do you think is the second most important issue in deciding how you will vote in the 2016 presidential election?
  Foreign Policy
Immigration
Healthcare
The Economy, Jobs
Terrorism and National Security
Climate change
Federal Deficit
Taxes
Race Relations
Another issue
12
6
13
22
15
8
3
5
8
6


7. How much confidence do you have in Congress?
  A great deal
Quite a lot
Some
Very little
None
No opinion
2
4
29
43
17
5


8. How much confidence do you have in television news?
  A great deal
Quite a lot
Some
Very little
None
No opinion
6
13
35
28
13
5


9. How much confidence do you have in the police?
  A great deal
Quite a lot
Some
Very little
None
No opinion
29
32
30
4
2
2


10. What role do you think the U.S. should play in solving international problems?
  The leading role
A major role, but not the leading role
A minor role
No role at all
No opinion
26
58
10
4
1


11. When children in our country grow up, will they be better off, worse off, or neither better nor worse off than their parents?
  Better off
Worse off
Neither better nor worse off
29
39
27


12. How would you characterize the U.S.-Israel relationship today?
  Very good
Fairly good
Fairly poor
Very poor
16
57
17
8


13. Which of the two major party candidates for president would be better at handling terrorism?


14. Which of the two major party candidates for president would be more likely to unite the country?
  Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton
Neither
No Opinion
11
55
25
8


15. Which of the two major party candidates for president would be more likely to promote U.S.-Israel relations?
  Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
Neither
No opinion
57
22
9
10


16. Which of the two major party candidates for president would be more likely to deal effectively with Iran?
  Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton
Neither
No opinion
19
58
12
10


17. Is anti-Semitism currently a problem in the United States?
  Yes, a very serious problem
Yes, somewhat of a problem
No, not much of a problem
No, not a problem at all
No opinion
21
52
22
4
1


18. Is anti-Semitism currently a problem on the American college campus?


19. Do you think of yourself as....
  Orthodox
Conservative
Reconstructionist
Reform
Just Jewish
9
18
2
34
34


20. What is your current marital status?
  Unmarried
Married to a born Jew
Married to a convert to Judaism
Married to a non-Jew
49
32
3
15


21. How important is being Jewish in your life?
  Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not at all important
44
35
11
10


22. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew."
  Agree strongly
Agree somewhat
Disagree somewhat
Disagree strongly
47
26
16
10


23. Do you believe that Israel and an independent Palestinian state can coexist peacefully?
  Yes
No
Undecided
49
29
20


24. Have you ever been to Israel?
  No
Yes, once
Yes, more than once
52
21
27


25. Which of these statements best represents your opinion of the role of religion in the State of Israel?
  Religion should play more of a role
Religion should play less of a role
The current relationship is best
There should be separation of religion and state
No opinion
11
22
24
37
5


26. Do you think the fact that Orthodox Judaism is the only denomination recognized by Israel as an official form of Judaism...
  Strengthens Israel’s ties with American Jews
Weakens Israel’s ties with American Jews
Has no effect on Israel’s ties with American Jews
No opinion
6
48
39
6


27. What do you consider the most important change necessary in Israeli Judaism?
  Securing legal recognition of equality for all streams of Judaism
Providing access for mixed-gender prayer at the Western Wall
Establishing the option for civil marriage and divorce
No change is necessary
No opinion
41
9
15
27
7


28. Currently, Jewish weddings, divorces, and conversions in Israel are legally recognized only if carried out under the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, which is Orthodox. Are you satisfied with this system or should legal recognition also be extended to non-Orthodox weddings, divorces and conversions?
  Yes, satisfied with this system
No, legal recognition should also be extended to non-Orthodox weddings, divorces, and conversions.
No opinion
14
74
 
11


29. A proposal has recently been made to set aside an area near the Western Wall in Jerusalem—a site holy to Jews—for mixed-gender Jewish prayer. Currently, prayer services are conducted according to Orthodox tradition, with men and women separated by a barrier. Do you support or oppose the creation of a mixed-gender prayer area near the Wall?
  Support
Oppose
No opinion
70
16
13
AJC 2016 Survey of American Jewish Opinion: Press Release
AJC 2016 Survey of American Jewish Opinion: Methodology