2009 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion

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2009 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion

Post by Zoya on Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:15 am

The data reported here are from the 2009 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. Among the topics covered in the present survey are U.S.-Israel relations, the Arab-Israel conflict, and the Iran nuclear threat. Many of the questions appearing in the survey are new; others are drawn from previous American Jewish Committee surveys, including various Annual Surveys of American Jewish Opinion carried out between 1979 and 2008.

The 2009 survey was conducted for the American Jewish Committee by Synovate (formerly Market Facts), a leading research organization. Respondents were interviewed by telephone between August 30 – September 17, 2009; no interviews took place on the Sabbath. The sample consisted of 800 self-identifying Jewish respondents selected from the Synovate consumer mail panel. The respondents are representative of the United States adult Jewish population on a variety of measures.The margin of error for the sample as a whole is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A. US-Israel Relations

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

Very positive11
Somewhat positive70
Somewhat negative13
Very negative2
Not sure3

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration’s handling of US-Israel relations?

Approve54
Disapprove32
Not sure14

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the Netanyahu government’s handling of Israel-US relations?

Approve59
Disapprove23
Not sure17

4. Do you agree or disagree with the Obama Administration’s call for a stop to all new Israeli settlement construction?

Agree41
Disagree51
Not sure8

B. Arab-Israel Conflict

5. As compared with one year ago, are you more optimistic about the chance for a lasting peace between Israel and the Arabs, less optimistic, or do you think the chance for a lasting peace is about the same as it was one year ago?

More optimistic12
Less optimistic23
Same as one year ago65
Not sure1

6. In the current situation, do you favor or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state?

Favor49
Oppose41
Not sure1

7. 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?

Yes37
No58
Not sure6

8. 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?

All8
Some52
None37
Not sure2

9. 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.”

Agree75
Disagree19
Not sure5

10. Do you think there will or will not come a time when Israel and its Arab neighbors will be able to settle their differences and live in peace?

Will43
Will not51
Not sure6

11. Do you think that Israel can or cannot achieve peace with a Hamas-led Palestinian government?

Can17
Cannot79
Not sure4

12. Should the Palestinians be required or not be required to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in a final peace agreement?

Required94
Not required5
Not sure2

C. International Issues

13. Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Iran nuclear issue?

Approve49
Disapprove35
Not sure15

14. Would you support or oppose the United States taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons?

Support56
Oppose36
Not sure7

15. Would you support or oppose Israel taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons?

Support66
Oppose28
Not sure5

16. Do you think that anti-Semitism around the world is currently a very serious problem, somewhat of a problem, or not a problem at all?

Very Serious problem56
Somewhat of a problem43
Not a problem at all1
Not sure1

17. Looking ahead over the next several years, do you think that anti-Semitism around the world will increase greatly, increase somewhat, remain the same, decrease somewhat, or decrease greatly?

Increase greatly15
Increase somewhat30
Remain the same42
Decrease somewhat9
Decrease greatly1
Not sure2

D. Background Factors

18. In politics as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent?

Republican16
Democrat53
Independent30
Not sure1

19. Do you think of yourself as . . .

Orthodox9
Conservative24
Reconstructionist2
Reform27
Just Jewish36
Not sure1

20. How important would you say being Jewish is in your own life?

Very important51
Fairly important33
Not very important15
Not sure1

21. How close do you feel to Israel?

Very close28
Fairly close41
Fairly distant22
Very distant8
Not sure1
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