AJC’s 2019 Survey of Israeli Jewish Opinion, conducted by Geocartography, is based on telephone interviews carried out from April 10 to 17 with a national sample of 1,000 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1%.

1. 

How important is being Jewish in your life?

   
Most important
  51%
 
 
   
Very important
  29%
 
 
   
Somewhat important
 
  11%
 
   
Not too important
  5%
 
   
Not at all important
  3%
 
   
No opinion
  1%
 
   

 

2. 

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

   
Agree strongly
  50%
 
 
   
Agree somewhat
  32%
 
 
   
Disagree somewhat
  11%
 
   
Disagree strongly
  5%
 
   
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
  51%
 
 
   
Both equally
  23%
 
 
   
No opinion
  3%
 
   

 

4. 

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

   
Stronger than today
  30%
 
 
   
Weaker than today
  23%
 
 
   
About the same as today
  38%
 
 
   

 

5. 

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

   
Siblings
  31%
 
 
   
First Cousins
 
  11%
 
   
Extended family
  36%
 
 
   
Not part of my family
  23%
 
 
   

 

6. 

Have you ever visited the United States?

   
No
  52%
 
 
   
Yes, once
 
  15%
 
   
Yes, more than once, but less than five times
 
  21%
 
   
Yes, at least five times
 
  12%
 
   

 

7. 

Do you have family in the United States to whom you feel close?

   
Yes
  44%
 
 
   
No
  56%
 
 
   

 

8. 

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

   
Yes
  74%
 
 
   
No
 
  20%
 
   
No opinion
  6%
 
   

 

9. 

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

   
Yes
  91%
 
 
   
No
 
  5%
 
   
No opinion
  4%
 
   

 

10. 

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
  44%
 
 
   
Jews should leave now
  46%
 
 
   
No opinion
 
  10%
 
   

 

11. 

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

   
Approve strongly
  48%
 
 
   
Approve somewhat
  31%
 
 
   
Disapprove somewhat
  6%
 
   
Disapprove strongly
 
  4%
 
   
No opinion
  3%
 
   

 

12. 

Under its current administration, the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) signed in 2015 that loosened economic restrictions on Iran in return for limitations on the Iranian nuclear program. Do you favor or oppose the U.S. pullout from the Iranian nuclear agreement (JCPOA)?

   
Approve strongly
  49%
 
 
   
Approve somewhat
 
  20%
 
   
Disapprove somewhat
  10%
 
   
Disapprove strongly
 
  8%
 
   
No opinion
  13%
 
   

 

13. 

Russia is emerging as a key player in Middle East geopolitics. Do you believe that Russia is...

   
A friend of Israel
  24%
 
 
   
An enemy of Israel
  23%
 
 
   
Neither a friend nor an enemy of Israel
  43%
 
 
   
No opinion
  10%
 
   

 

14. 

Relations between Israel and the Muslim/Arab world have become warmer in recent years. Within a decade from now, do you believe that diplomatic relations will be established between Israel and Saudi Arabia, with an exchange of embassies?

   
Yes
  62%
 
 
   
No
  25%
 
 
   
No opinion
  14%
 
   

 

15. 

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
  31%
 
 
   
Not appropriate
  63%
 
 
   
No opinion
  6%
 
   

 

16. 

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
 
  17%
 
   
Favor somewhat
 
  22%
 
   
Oppose somewhat
  18%
 
   
Oppose strongly
  33%
 
 
   
No opinion
  9%
 
   

 

17. 

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
 
  6%
 
   
Israel should be willing to dismantle some of the settlements
  37%
 
 
   
Israel should not be willing to dismantle any of the settlements
  50%
 
 
   
No opinion
  7%
 
   

 

18. 

Looking ahead five years, do you think that the chances for peaceful coexistence between Israel and a Palestinian state will improve, decline, or stay the same?

   
Improve
 
  14%
 
   
Decline
  43%
 
 
   
Stay the same
  37%
 
 
   
No opinion
  7%
 
   

 

19. 

In the April 2019 Knesset elections did you vote for...

   
Blue and White
 
  21%
 
   
Gesher
 
  1%
 
   
Kulanu
  3%
 
   
Labor
 
  6%
 
   
Likud
 
  22%
 
   
Meretz
 
  3%
 
   
New Right
 
  4%
 
   
Jewish Home
 
  6%
 
   
Ra'am-Balad
 
 0% [less than 1%]
 
   
Shas
  3%
 
   
United Torah Judaism
 
  7%
 
   
Yisrael Beiteinu
 
  3%
 
   
Zehut
 
  3%
 
   
Other
 
 0% [less than 1%]
 
   
Didn't Vote
 
  4%
 
   
No Opinion
 
  14%
 
   

 

20. 

How do you define yourself religiously?

   
Haredi [Ultra-Orthodox]
 
  10%
 
   
Religious Zionist
 
  12%
 
   
Religious-traditional
 
  14%
 
   
Not that religious-traditional
 
  18%
 
   
Secular
  41%
 
 
   
Other
 
  4%
 
   
No Opinion
 
  1%
 
   

 

21. 

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

   
Support
  88%
 
 
   
Oppose
 
  5%
 
   
Don't know
  7%