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Poll Finds Jews Oppose Iraq War, Split on Use of Force Against Iran

The American Jewish Committee released its annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion. Following are some of the significant findings: 70 percent of those questioned disapprove of the war in Iraq; 28 percent approve; 2 percent were not sure.

60 percent of respondents disapprove of the way the U.S. government is handling the campaign against terrorism; 36 percent approve; 4 percent are not sure.

49 percent would support American military action against Iran’s nuclear program; 46 percent oppose such a strike; 6 percent were not sure.

79 percent of respondents agreed that caring about Israel was a very important part of their Jewish identity; 19 percent disagreed; 1 percent were unsure.

59 percent of those questioned had never been to Israel; 20 percent had visited the Jewish state once; 20 percent had been there more than once.

21 percent of respondents said they were more optimistic about chances for a lasting peace between Israel and the Arabs than they were a year ago; 19 percent were now less optimistic; 59 percent felt the same as they did a year ago; 1 percent were not sure.

78 percent believed that the Arabs’ goal was not securing the return of territories lost in war but rather the destruction of Israel; 18 percent did not believe this to be the case; 5 percent were not sure.

67 percent supported the Israeli government’s current handling of relations with the Palestinian Authority; 26 percent said they opposed it; 7 percent were not sure.

56 percent favored the establishment of a Palestinian state; 38 percent opposed it; 6 percent were not sure.

36 percent said Israel should be willing to share Jerusalem in the context of a permanent peace deal with the Palestinians; 60 percent said Israel should not make such a compromise; 5 percent were not sure.

15 percent said Israel should be willing to dismantle all Jewish settlements in the West Bank as part of a permanent deal with the Palestinians; 46 percent say some settlements should be dismantled; 36 percent say no settlements should be dismantled; 3 percent were not sure.

16 percent said they were Republicans; 54 percent said they were Democrats; 29 percent said they were independents; 1 percent were not sure.

50 percent said a U.S. Supreme Court nominee’s support for overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion should disqualify that candidate from serving on the court; 49 percent said such a position should not disqualify the nominee; 2 percent were not sure.

32 percent said the government should provide taxpayer funds for social service programs run by religious institutions such as churches or synagogues; 66 percent said it should not; 3 percent were not sure.

10 percent said they were Orthodox; 32 percent Conservative; 2 percent Reconstructionist; 29 percent Reform; 26 percent just Jewish; 1 percent were not sure.

27 percent of respondents said anti-Semitism in the United States is a very serious problem; 65 percent said it was somewhat of a problem; 8 percent said it was not a problem.

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