L.A. Jewish Journal Poll: U.S. Jews Support Nuclear Deal By Wide Margin

According to a just-announced poll by the L.A. Jewish Journal, the American Jewish community is solidly behind the White House in supporting the nuclear agreement with Iran - even more so than the population at large. Led by Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive, the poll finds that a majority of American Jews who are "very attached" emotionally to Israel want Congress to approve the deal. 49 percent of American Jews support the deal, compared to 31 percent against it. A majority of American Jews who are "very attached" emotionally to Israel want Congress to approve the deal.

From the Jewish Journal:

By a wide margin, American Jews support the recently concluded agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program, and a clear majority of Jews wants the US Congress to approve the deal. In fact, as compared with Americans generally, Jews are more supportive of the “Iran deal,” in large part because Jews are more liberal and more Democratic in their identities. It turns out that liberals (Jewish or not) support the deal far more than conservatives (Jewish or not), just as most Democrats are in favor, while most Republicans are opposed.

The LA Jewish Journal Survey asked respondents’ views on “an agreement … reached in which the United States and other countries would lift major economic sanctions against Iran, in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program in a way that makes it harder for it to produce nuclear weapons.” Almost half --- 49 percent of American Jews -- voiced support, and 31 percent opposed. Jews differ from the national population. Of all respondents in our national survey, just 28 percent support the deal, 24 percent oppose and the rest (48 percent) “don’t know enough to say.”

The full results of the poll, including information on how the poll was conducted and margins of error, can be found here. Other interesting quotes from the poll include:

  • Asked whether Congress should “vote to approve or oppose the deal,” Jews lean heavily toward approval, 53 percent for vs. 35 percent against. 
  • Among those who say that they are “very attached” emotionally to Israel, 51 percent want Congress to approve the deal, versus 38 percent who oppose such action."
  • Jews overwhelmingly think that, in retrospect, the idea of the U.S. conducting negotiations with Iran was a good one (59 percent) rather than a bad one (19 percent).

Just as other polls in the past have done, these results clearly show that the American Jewish community continues to stand with President Obama in supporting the Iran deal. While this issue is a complex and difficult one, we are proud to know that our community is standing up for what they believe in. As we stated last week, we at the NJDC are in strong support of the nuclear agreement, based in large part on the fact that the deal meets the standards laid out by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. As Congress and the public debates the agreement in the weeks to come, we hope that they will do so with the civility and gravity that an issue of this magnitude deserves.