Poll Results: Poll on Gaza and National Service


ACCESS Poll - Poll on Gaza and National Service

Updated (1/28/09)

  1. Given the recent events in Gaza, do you think that the Obama administration will maintain the current administration's strong support of Israel's position?

    Yes - 48.1%
    No - 26.9%
    I don't know - 25%

  2. What role should the Obama administration play in the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab-Israeli peace process more broadly?

    Be instrumental in brokering a peace deal - 67.3%
    Stay out of negotiations, allowing regional actors to take the lead - 22.4%



  3. How confident are you that Israel will prevail in its current conflict with Hamas?

    Very confident - 38.5%
    Confident – 23.1%
    Not confident - 28.8%

    Dont know - 9.6%

     


  4. Please indicate the level of importance the Obama administration should assign to each of these domestic policy issues.
      Extremely important Moderately important Somewhat important Not important
    Economy
    94.1%
    5.9%
    0.0%
    0.0%
    Education
    45.1%
    47.1%
    5.9%
    2.0%
    Poverty
    25.5%
    41.2%
    27.5%
    5.9%
    National service
    7.8%
    45.1%
    31.4%
    15.7%
    Healthcare
    51%
    37.3%
    7.8%
    3.9%
    Energy
    60.8%
    35.3%
    2.0%
    2.0%
    Immigration
    12.0%
    36.0%
    36.0%
    16.0%
    National Security
    54.9%
    27.5%
    17.6%
    0.0%

  5. Are you in favor of a broad stimulus plan as outlined thus far by the Obama administration?

    Yes - 53.1%
    No – 12.5%
    I don't know - 34.4%

  6. President-Elect Barack Obama has pledged that national service would be a “central cause of my presidency”. Were you aware that AJC has a policy position on national service?

    Yes - 30.0%
    No – 70.0%

  7. Would you consider participation in a national service program as an expression of your Jewish identity?

    Yes - 53.1%
    No – 20.4%
    I don't know - 26.5%

  8. Do you think that participation in civilian national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America, City Year, or the Peace Corps, enhances participants' civic commitment and engagement throughout their lifetimes?

    Yes - 78.0%
    No – 10.0%
    I don't know - 12.0%


  9. Do you think it should be mandatory for students to participate in community service in order to graduate high school?

    Yes - 64.0%
    No – 30.0%
    I don't know - 6.0%

  10. Do you currently participate in any community service? If yes, please specify how frequently?

    Yes, at least once a week – 12.2%
    Yes, at least once a month – 16.3%
    Yes, a few times a year – 28.6%
    Yes, sporadically – 24.5%
    I participated in a service program for a year or longer – 4.1%
    No, never – 16.3%

  11. Would you be more inclined to participate in service activities if they were organized by a Jewish organization? 

    Yes - 66.0%
    No – 14.0%
    I don't know - 20.0%
  12. Do you think national service programs can make an impact on the serious challenges facing our society such as in the areas of education, environment, public health, poverty and disaster relief? 

    Yes - 78.0%
    No – 8.0%
    I don't know - 14.0%

Selected comments from the poll:

"The US Administration is the only one in the world who can give an input to the peace process. The question is what peace do the palestinians want? And here, after having an answer, the US administrations must give the palestinians the responsibility their deserve and help them to achieve a decent peace agreement."

"Israel should have attacked long ago, as the people of Sderot have had an intolerable life."

"The most important issues are, undoubtely, the economic crisis, poverty as a branch of the issue, and the energy independence or self-dependence. The States, and the world, can not depend on brutal regimes to supply energy for its citizens."

"Israel will militarily weaken Hamas, but the reaction to Israel's actions throughout the world, on the Arab street, and especially among Palestinians in the West Bank, suggest that Hamas will emerge politically stronger."

"Honestly, the service initiatives I care most about aren't directly connected to the Jewish community, and I've found that most Jewish organizations focus their efforts (understandably) on that community."

 "I don't think Obama will be anti-Israel, but I think he may clash more with Israel's government than either the Bush or Clinton administration did."

 "I needed a minimum of 150 hours in order to get my diploma, and I believe it made me a much better person."

 

 

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