AJC’s 2019 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on telephone interviews carried out April 10 - May 7, with a national sample of 1,006 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1%.

1. 

How important is being Jewish in your life?

   
Very important
  41%
 
 
   
Somewhat important
  35%
 
 
   
Not too important
  17%
 
   
Not at all important
  7%
 
   

 

2. 

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

   
Agree strongly
  38%
 
 
   
Agree somewhat
  24%
 
 
   
Disagree somewhat
  20%
 
   
Disagree strongly
  15%
 
   
No opinion
  2%
 
   

 

3. 

Do you consider being Jewish mostly a matter of religion, or more a matter of ethnicity and culture?

   
Mostly a matter of religion
  24%
 
 
   
Mostly a matter of ethnicity or culture
  59%
 
 
   
Both equally
  16%
 
   
No opinion
  1%
 
   

 

4. 

Looking ahead five years, do you think that the ties between American and Israeli Jews will be...

   
Stronger than today
 
  18%
 
   
Weaker than today
  24%
 
 
   
About the same as today
  53%
 
 
   
No opinion
  4%
 
   

 

5. 

Compared to a year ago, is the status of Jews in the United States more secure or less secure?

   
More secure than a year ago
 
  15%
 
   
Less secure than a year ago
  65%
 
 
   
About the same as a year ago
 
  17%
 
   
No opinion
 
  3%
 
   

 

6. 

Compared to a year ago, is the climate on college campuses less hostile or more hostile toward pro-Israel students?

   
Less hostile than a year ago
 
  9%
 
   
More hostile than a year ago
  57%
 
 
   
About the same as a year ago
 
  17%
 
   
No opinion
 
  18%
 
   

 

7. 

Anti-Semitic incidents have become more frequent in Europe. Do you think that Jews have a future as Jews in Europe, or should they leave now?

   
Jews have a future as Jews in Europe
  75%
 
 
   
Jews should leave now
 
  17%
 
   
No opinion
 
  8%
 
   

 

8. 

Using the metaphor of a family, do you consider Israeli Jews your...?

   
Siblings
 
  13%
 
   
First Cousins
 
  15%
 
   
Extended family
  43%
 
 
   
Not part of my family
  28%
 
 
   
No opinion
  1%
 
   

 

9. 

Have you ever visited Israel?

   
No
  59%
 
 
   
Yes, once
 
  16%
 
   
Yes, more than once
 
  15%
 
   
Yes, at least five times
 
  10%
 
   

 

10. 

Do you have family in Israel to whom you feel close?

   
Yes
  28%
 
 
   
No
  72%
 
 
   

 

11. 

Do you think that a thriving Diaspora is vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people?

   
Yes
  65%
 
 
   
No
 
  16%
 
   
No opinion
  17%
 
   

 

12. 

Do you think that a thriving State of Israel is vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people?

   
Yes
  72%
 
 
   
No
  25%
 
 
   
No opinion
  4%
 
   

 

13. 

In politics today, do you consider yourself...

   
Republican
 
  18%
 
   
Democrat
  49%
 
 
   
Independent
 
  20%
 
   
Other
 
  12%
 
   

 

14. 

Is your opinion of the job President Trump is doing favorable or unfavorable?

   
Favorable
  26%
 
 
   
Unfavorable
  71%
 
 
   
No opinion
 
  2%
 
   

 

15. 

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling U.S.-Israel relations?

   
Approve strongly
  22%
 
 
   
Approve somewhat
 
  14%
 
   
Disapprove somewhat
  14%
 
   
Disapprove strongly
  45%
 
 
   
No opinion
  4%
 
   

 

16. 

Compared to a year ago, do you think Americans are more united or more divided over their most important values?

   
More united than a year ago
 
  10%
 
   
More divided than a year ago
  81%
 
 
   
About the same as a year ago
 
  6%
 
   
No opinion
 
  2%
 
   

 

17. 

In your opinion, which foreign nation poses the single greatest danger to the United States?

   
China
  21%
 
 
   
Iran
 
  14%
 
   
North Korea
 
  12%
 
   
Russia
  36%
 
 
   
Another country
 
  10%
 
   
No opinion
 
  7%
 
   

 

18. 

Do you think it appropriate for American Jews to attempt to influence Israeli policy on such issues as national security and peace negotiations with the Palestinians?

   
Appropriate
  57%
 
 
   
Not appropriate
  40%
 
 
   
No opinion
  4%
 
   

 

19. 

In the current situation, do you favor or oppose a two-state solution through the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state on the West Bank?

   
Favor strongly
  33%
 
 
   
Favor somewhat
  31%
 
 
   
Oppose somewhat
  12%
 
   
Oppose strongly
 
  14%
 
   
No opinion
  10%
 
   

 

20. 

As part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to dismantle all, some, or none of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank?

   
Israel should be willing to dismantle all the settlements
  25%
 
 
   
Israel should be willing to dismantle some of the settlements
  41%
 
 
   
Israel should not be willing to dismantle any of the settlements
  28%
 
 
   
No opinion
  7%
 
   

 

21. 

Looking ahead five years, do you think that the chances for peaceful coexistence between Israel and a Palestinian state will...?

   
Improve
 
  19%
 
   
Decline
  27%
 
 
   
Stay the same
  51%
 
 
   
No opinion
  3%
 
   

 

21a. 

Do you support or oppose the recent American recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory?

   
Support
  50%
 
 
   
Oppose
  39%
 
 
   
No opinion
  11%
 
   

 

22. 

Do you identify as...?

   
Haredi [Ultra-Orthodox]
 
  7%
 
   
Modern Orthodox
 
  3%
 
   
Conservative
  13%
 
   
Reform
  29%
 
 
   
Reconstructionist
 
  3%
 
   
Secular
  21%
 
 
   
Other
  23%
 
 
   

 

23. 

What is your current marital status?

   
Unmarried
  45%
 
 
   
Married to a born Jew
  31%
 
 
   
Married to a convert to Judaism
 
  3%
 
   
Married to a non-Jew
  20%