According to a new poll from the left-wing Israel lobbying group in America J Street, a higher percentage of American Jews support the proposed deal that President Barack Obama has made over the Iranian nuclear arms program than the general U.S. population.
This should come as no surprise to anyone because the majority of American Jews are decidedly liberal and vote Democratic.
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J Street found that 78 percent of American Jews would back an agreement that imposes intrusive inspections of Iran and caps its enrichment of uranium at a level far below what is necessary to make a nuclear weapon in exchange for phased relief from US and international sanctions.
And fifty-six percent of U.S. Jews approve of the way that president Obama is handling his job as president, compared to 45 percent of the general population.
“When it comes to the best way to keep Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, these results make clear that American Jews overwhelmingly support the president’s diplomatic efforts, ” said J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami. “The numbers just go to show—once again— that pundits and presumed communal representatives are flat-out wrong in assuming American Jews are hawkish on Iran or US policy in the Middle East in general.”
“President Obama has often said that he has Israel’s back, and it is clear that American Jews have his back if he reaches an agreement with Iran, ” said Jim Gerstein, partner at GBA Strategies, who conducted the poll. “Jews support Obama’s efforts to reach an agreement with Iran, and they approve of the job he is doing as President of the United States.”
There is also widespread support among American jews for a two state solution to the Middle East conflict, with Seventy-two percent in favor. 67 percent believe it is both (1) necessary to strengthen Israel’s security and its Jewish and democratic character and (2) an important security interest for the United States.
Also, to no one’s surprise, Hillary Clinton is clobbering Jeb Bush in head to head polls for the 2016 American presidential race by more than a 2 to 1 margin.
The survey was conducted May 31-June 3, 2015 and includes 1, 000 self-identified Jews. The survey is subject to a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. GBA Strategies contracted the research company Mountain West Research Center to administer the survey by email invitation to its web-based panel, which is regularly updated and consists of nearly 900, 000 Americans.
Respondents were screened at the beginning of the survey when they were first asked for their religion and then, if they did not identify themselves as Jewish by religion, they were asked again if they considered themselves Jewish.