What Motivates Jewish Voters

See below for a summary of J Street’s 2014 polling. For more information, visit our polling webpage.

American Jews overwhelmingly support a two-state solution both in concept and in detail:

  • 80 percent of Jewish voters support a two-state solution that establishes a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza alongside the State of Israel.
  • 76 percent of Jewish voters would support a conflict-ending agreement that adheres to international consensus parameters, including a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, borders based on the pre-1967 lines with agreed swaps, international forces to monitor the new Palestinian state and border crossings, a Palestinian capital in the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and compensation rather than return to Israel for nearly all Palestinian refugees.
  • 75 percent of Jewish voters believe a two-state solution is an important national security interest for the United States.


 American Jews support active US engagement in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

  • 85 percent of Jewish voters support the United States playing an active role in helping the parties resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • 72 percent of Jewish voters want the United States to play an active role even if it means publicly disagreeing with both the Israelis and Palestinians.
  • 77 percent of Jewish voters would support the United States putting forth its own draft agreement adhering to international consensus parameters as the basis for negotiations between the parties.


 American Jews are much more supportive of US policy than Israeli policy on key issues:

  • 80 percent of Jewish voters believe construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank should be suspended or restricted to certain areas.
  • 84 percent of Jewish voters would support a final agreement with Iran under which the United States and our allies would reduce sanctions on Iran as it meets compliance benchmarks by restricting its enrichment of uranium to levels that are suitable for civilian energy purposes only and allowing full-time international inspectors at Iranian nuclear facilities to make sure that it is not developing nuclear weapons.
  • By a nearly 2-to-1 margin (40 percent to 21 percent), Jewish voters believe that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies have hurt versus helped relations with the United States.


All data are from a survey conducted by GBA Strategies on November 4, 2014 of 800 self-identified adult American Jews, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent. All data, along with further summaries, are available at 2014.jstreet.org

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