AJC Fall 2010 Survey

The Fall 2010 Survey was conducted by telephone for the American Jewish Committee by Synovate, a leading survey-research organization. Interviewing began on August 31, 2010, and continued until October 5, 2010; no interviewing took place on the Sabbath or the Jewish holidays. The 800 respondents were selected from members of Synovate’s Consumer Opinion Panel that have identified themselves as being Jewish and supplemented from a list of American Jews. Synovate’s Consumer Opinion Panel consists of households who have been recruited and agreed to participate in surveys for Synovate. The interviewing took place to insure a demographic cross-section of the United States adult Jewish population.


A. Obama Administration

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama has handled his job as President?


2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama has handled each of the following?

Approve
  Disapprove

  Not sure
A. The economy
45

51

4
B. Health care
51

46

3
C. Homeland security
62

33

5
D. Gulf oil spill
53

42

4

3. A new law in Arizona gives police the power to ask people they’ve stopped to verify their residency status. Supporters say this will help crack down on illegal immigration. Opponents say it could violate civil rights and lead to racial profiling. On balance, do you support or oppose this law?

Support
52
Oppose
46
Not Sure
2

4. How would you characterize relations between Israel and the United States today? Are they very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?

Very positive
7
Somewhat positive
61
Somewhat negative
26
Very negative
5
Not Sure
1

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration’s handling of U.S. -Israel relations?

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the Netanyahu government’s handling of Israel-U.S. relations?


7. Are you planning to vote in the 2010 Congressional elections?

Yes
92
No
6
Not Sure
2

8. Do you think the country would be better off if the Republicans controlled Congress, or if the Democrats controlled Congress?


9. Thinking ahead to the November 2010 congressional elections, how important will each of the following issues be to your vote?

Very Important
  Somewhat Important

  Not Important

  Not Sure
The economy
87

12

1

1
The Gulf Coast oil spill
26

49

24

1
The wars in Iraq/Afghanistan
66

30

4

1
Health care
80

18

2

0
Israel
61

34

5

1
Unemployment
81

17

2

0
Energy policy
50

44

6

3
Immigration
43

47

10

1
Foreign policy
61

36

4

1
Financial reform
62

31

6

3

B. Arab-Israel Conflict
10. As compared with one year ago, are you more or less optimistic about the chance for a lasting peace between Israel and the Arabs, or do you think the chance for a lasting peace is about the same as it was one year ago?
More optimistic
8
Less optimistic
18
Same as one year ago
75
Not sure
1


11. In the current situation, do you favor or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state?
Favor
48
Oppose
45
Not sure
6
12. In the framework of a permanent peace with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to compromise on the status of Jerusalem as a united city under Israeli jurisdiction?
Yes
35
No
60
Not sure
5


13. As part of a permanent settlement with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to dismantle all, some, or none of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank?
All
6
Some
56
None
37
Not sure
2
14. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? “The goal of the Arabs is not the return of occupied territories but rather the destruction of Israel.”
Agree
76
Disagree
20
Not sure
4
15. Do you think that Israel can or cannot achieve peace with a Hamas-led Palestinian government?
Can
14
Cannot
82
Not sure
4
16. Should the Palestinians be required or not be required to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in a final peace agreement?
Required
95
Not required
3
Not sure
2
C. International Issues
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Iran nuclear issue?



18. How much of a chance do you think there is that a combination of diplomacy and sanctions can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons? Is there a good chance, some chance, little chance, or no chance?
Good chance 4
Some chance 23
Little chance 44
No chance 28
Not sure 1
19. 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?



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




21. Do you think the United States is winning or losing the war in Iraq?

Winning 41
Losing 47
Not sure 12
22. Do you think the United States is winning or losing the war in Afghanistan?
Winning 25
Losing 64
Not sure 11
23. Do you think the Turkish government today is or is not a friend of the United States?
Is a friend 35
Is not a friend 50
Not sure 15
24. Do you think the Turkish government today is or is not a friend of Israel?
Is a friend 16
Is not a friend 71
Not sure 13

D. Background Factors
25. In politics as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent?
Republican 17
Democrat 48
Independent 34
Not sure 1
26. I am going to read you a list of political views that people might hold. They range from extremely liberal to extremely conservative. Where would you place yourself on this scale?
Extremely liberal 6
Liberal 22
Slightly liberal 14
Moderate, middle of the road 28
Slightly conservative 12
Conservative 13
Extremely conservative 3
Not sure 2
27. Do you think of yourself as...
Orthodox 9
Conservative 22
Reform 28
Reconstructionist 2
Just Jewish 38
Not sure 1
28. How important would you say being Jewish is in your own life?
Very important 51
Fairly important 33
Not very important 16
Not sure 1
29. How close do you feel to Israel?
Very close
29
Fairfly close
40
Fairly distant
23
Very distant
7
Not sure
1

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