AJC’s 2019 Survey of French Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company Ifop, is based on telephone and face-to-face interviews carried out March 11 - May 2, with a national sample of 771 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.1%.

1. 

How important is being Jewish in your life?

   
Very important
  33%
 
 
   
Somewhat important
  32%
 
 
   
Somewhat not important
  18%
 
   
Not important at all
  14%
 
   
No opinion
  3%
 
   

 

2. 

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

   
Mostly a matter of religion
  25%
 
 
   
Mostly a matter of descent and culture
  43%
 
 
   
Both equally
  27%
 
 
   
No opinion
  5%
 
   

 

3. 

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

   
Agree strongly
  27%
 
 
   
Agree somewhat
  32%
 
 
   
Disagree somewhat
  19%
 
   
Disagree strongly
  18%
 
   
No opinion
  4%
 
   

 

4. 

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

   
Stronger than today
  24%
 
 
   
Weaker than today
  32%
 
 
   
About the same as today
  35%
 
 
   
No opinion
  9%
 
   

 

5. 

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

   
Siblings
  31%
 
 
   
First Cousins
  26%
 
 
   
Extended family
 
  20%
 
   
Not part of my family
 
  16%
 
   
No opinion
  7%
 
   

 

6. 

Compared to a year ago, do you think the situation of Jews in France in terms of security is...

   
Better
 
  20%
 
   
Worse
  50%
 
 
   
Neither better nor worse
  25%
 
 
   
No opinion
 
  9%
 
   

 

7. 

Do you think that Jews in France have a future or should leave France now?

   
Jews have a future in France
  60%
 
 
   
Jews should leave France now
  29%
 
 
   
No opinion
 
  11%
 
   

 

8. 

Over the past 12 months, have you seriously considered emigrating to another country?

   
Yes, mostly because of fear for the future of Jews in France
 
  17%
 
   
Yes, mostly because of economic reasons
 
  21%
 
   
Yes, mostly because I fear for the future of France
 
  12%
 
   
Yes, because of religious or cultural attractions elsewhere
 
  5%
 
   
No, have not seriously considered emigrating
  41%
 
 
   
No opinion
 
  4%
 
   

 

9. 

If you are considering emigration, in which country are you most likely to settle in?

   
United States
  29%
 
 
   
Canada
  23%
 
 
   
Israel
 
  21%
 
   
United Kingdom
 
  14%
 
   
Another country
 
  13%
 
   

 

10. 

Have you ever visited Israel?

   
No
  35%
 
 
   
Yes, once
  25%
 
 
   
Yes, more than once
 
  21%
 
   
Yes, at least five times
 
  19%
 
   

 

11. 

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

   
Yes
  48%
 
 
   
No
  52%
 
 
   

 

12. 

Do you own a residence in Israel?

   
Yes
  25%
 
 
   
No
  75%
 
 
   

 

13. 

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

   
Yes
  51%
 
 
   
No
  33%
 
 
   
No opinion
  16%
 
   

 

14. 

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

   
Yes
  53%
 
 
   
No
  33%
 
 
   
No opinion
  14%
 
   

 

15. 

In your opinion, is France effectively combating anti-Semitism in the country?

   
Yes, somewhat
  35%
 
 
   
No, not really
  56%
 
 
   
No opinion
 
  9%
 
   

 

16. 

Have you personally experienced anti-Semitism?

   
Yes, several times
  33%
 
 
   
Yes, once
  25%
 
 
   
No, never
  38%
 
 
   
No opinion
 
  4%
 
   

 

17. 

Do you approve or not approve of French policy towards Israel?

   
Approve strongly
 
  14%
 
   
Approve somewhat
  40%
 
 
   
Disapprove somewhat
  32%
 
 
   
Do not approve at all
 
  14%
 
   

 

18. 

Do you approve or not approve of the United Nations’ policy towards Israel?

   
Approve strongly
 
  17%
 
   
Approve somewhat
  32%
 
 
   
Disapprove somewhat
  32%
 
 
   
Do not approve at all
 
  19%
 
   

 

19. 

How much confidence do you have in each of these institutions?

   
The National Assembly
  63%
 
 
   
The Senate
  63%
 
 
   
The Government
  51%
 
 
   
The Presidency
  51%
 
 
   
The European Union
  54%