AJC Survey: Jews 'Deeply Divided' on Obama's Iran Policy. Sort of.

The American Jewish Committee released its annual survey of American Jewish opinion today. The headline on the press release reads: “AJC Survey Shows U.S. Jews Sharply Divided Over Obama Approach on Iran.”

Here are the first two paragraphs:

Interestingly, the finding that was spotlighted in the headline — about handling of Iranian nukes — is the only question in the actual survey on which support for Obama was less than 50%. The other figures are noted in the press release, but lower down and contextualized rather interestingly.

What’s not in the press release, by the way, is the sharp rise in American Jewish opposition to a U.S. military strike on Iran. This year’s response, again, was 53% for a strike, 42% against. In last year’s AJC survey, the figures were 56% for and 36% against.

The press release continues:

Here is how the general American public views Obama, according to a USA Today / Gallup poll taken March 26-28. I’ll put the AJC findings on Jewish opinion for each applicable question in parentheses, for easy comparison. You can see at once that the president’s ratings among Jews are somewhat higher than the general American population. Somewhat. Just a smidgeon.

Overall job approval 47% (57). .

I’ll be looking more closely at the survey in my Good Fences column next week. Perhaps we’ll find some tasty cherries. Look for it online on Wednesday evening, April 14.

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J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

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