The Israel Project Releases New National Poll
As TV Ad Campaign Begins/Conventions Start;
Announces Vigil With Thousands

·  67% of likely voters agree “It is critical that the next President of the United States support Israel, our democratic ally in the Middle East”  

·        72% of likely voters agree “The Palestinians have been indoctrinated by a generation of anti-Israel and anti-American propaganda; they are teaching their children to hate Americans and Jews and to become terrorists.”

·        81% of likely voters agree “There cannot be peace in the Middle East until the Palestinians stop teaching their children to become terrorists and to hate Israel and America.”

·        67% say US should not pressure Israel to tear the fence down and compensate the Palestinians

Washington, DC -- A national poll conducted by Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies (800 likely voters, margin of error +/- 3.5%) released today by The Israel Project shows that 67% of likely voters agree that “It is critical that the next President of the United States support Israel, our democratic ally in the Middle East.” The poll also showed that 72% of likely voters agree “The Palestinians have been indoctrinated by a generation of anti-Israel and anti-American propaganda; they are teaching their children to hate Americans and Jews and to become terrorists.” Highly concerned about child incitement, 81% of likely voters agree, “There cannot be peace in the Middle East until the Palestinians stop teaching their children to become terrorists and to hate Israel and America.”

When asked “Do you believe that the United States should pressure Israel to tear the fence down and compensate the Palestinians?” fully 67% of likely voters rejected this notion.  Additionally, 64% agree “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with the Palestinians when the Palestinian leadership has said the ultimate goal is to eliminate Israel.”

The poll is being released at the same time that The Israel Project begins a massive educational TV effort in the Democratic convention city of Boston. The campaign focuses on issues of security, freedom and peace. Three ads will play more than 900 times in the Boston media market before and during the convention: one featuring an Israeli mother who lost her child in a terrorist attack; one focusing on Israel as country where Christians, Muslims and Jews have freedom of speech, press, religion and a right to vote; and one that brings attention to the fact that hope is created every day in Israeli public schools -- institutions that teach peace and tolerance. To see the ads and their scripts go to: www.theisraelproject.org (http://www.theisraelproject.org). Similar ads will air during the Republican convention in New York.

Immediately prior to the start of the convention, The Israel Project, in an event co-sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Conference of Presidents and more than 50 other organizations, will host a community vigil to remember victims of terror in Israel and Argentina. The vigil will be held from noon – 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 25th, at Christopher Columbus Park on Boston. (Atlantic Avenue, Boston’s North End – next to the Marriott). Thousands of people holding large posters with photos of more than 1,000 individual victims will crowd the park to remember the victims of terror, and recommit themselves to working towards peace. Terror victims and their families will share stories of remembrance, hope and optimism.  The names of victims will be read aloud and shofars will be blown in a call for an end to the violence.

“As the political season begins, it is important for leaders to be reminded that likely voters want a President who will stand with Israel. This includes encouraging ALL schools in the region to teach peace and tolerance -- and standing by Israel’s right to use a temporary and non-violent anti-terrorism fence in order to make sure that no more mothers lose their children to terrorist attacks.” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder & president of The Israel Project. “Our new educational ad campaign and vigil with thousands of people who stand against terrorism, will help remind people of some of the most important issues confronting our nation.”

The poll was conducted by Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies in Alexandria. They surveyed 800 likely voters nationally July 17-19 with a margin of error of + 3.46%. Public Opinion Strategies won the 2002 "Pollster of the Year" award from the American Association of Political Consultants.

The Israel Project is a new national non-profit, non-partisan educational organization devoted to ensuring an accurate portrayal of Israel – a democracy where all citizens have freedom of the speech, press, religion and a right to vote. It was founded by three mothers who were concerned that Israel’s image in the media could cause an increase in anti-Semitism.  Led by founder and President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, the organization’s team will be wearing shirts that say “I Love Israel. I Want Peace!”


ISRAEL NATIONAL POLL

July 17-19, 2004                                            N=800 Likely Voters

Project: #04512                                                    Margin of Error = + 3.46%

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And how likely are you to vote in this November's election?
            73%     EXTREMELY LIKELY
            21%     VERY LIKELY
              6%     SOMEWHAT LIKEL Y

(ASKED SAMPLE A ONLY, N=392)

1          Now, thinking about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Middle East, please tell me whether, in general, you consider yourself to be...

            24%     a strong supporter of Israel
            23%     a supporter of Israel
              6%     a supporter of the Palestinians
                        ...or...
              3%     a strong supporter of the Palestinians
              8%     NEITHER, LEAN ISRAEL
            5%       NEITHER, LEAN PALESTINE


            25%     HARD NEITHER
              6%     DON’T KNOW
              *      REFUSED
            47%     TOTAL SUPPORTER OF ISRAEL
            9%    TOTAL SUPPORTER OF PALESTINIANS
            55%     SUPPORT ISRAEL W/LEANERS
            14%     SUPPORT PALESTINIANS W/LEANERS

(ASKED SAMPLE A ONLY, N=392)

2          Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: It is critical that the next President of the United States support Israel, our democratic ally in the Middle East.  

            35%     STRONGLY AGREE
           31%     SOMEWHAT AGREE
            16%  SOMEWHAT DISAGREE
              8%     STRONGLY DISAGREE
              7%     DON’T KNOW
              3%     REFUSED

            67%     TOTAL AGREE
            24%     TOTAL DISAGREE
              2%     REFUSED

Now I’d like to read you a list of words and phrases and please tell me for each one whether you believe it describes Israel very well, well, not too well, or not well at all. The (first/next) one is...

            TOTAL     TOTAL     VERY                         NOT TOO      NOT WELL          

            WELL       NOT          WELL       WELL       WELL       AT ALL          DK            REF

(ASKED Q19-Q25 OF SAMPLE A ONLY)

3  Is on the front-line in the fight against terrorism
            56%        36%          32%           24%           27%             9%                   8%    
4    Teaches tolerance and peace in its schools
            34%    33%          10%           24%           23%           10%                 33%    
5    Shares US principles of freedom and equality
            61%  33%          25%           36%           22%           10%                7%    
(ASKED Q26-Q31 OF SAMPLE B ONLY)
6    Is one of our strongest allies
            63%          30%          26%           37%           24%  6%                   6%       1%
7    Keeps high moral standards in spite of its difficult condition

            58%          30%          22%           36%           23%             8%                 12%    
(ASKED SAMPLE B ONLY, N=408)

8         Now, thinking into the future, say 25 years from now in the year 2029, do you believe that Israel will still exist as a Jewish nation?
                        74%     STRONGLY YES
            13%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY YES
                          4%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY NO
                          2%     STRONGLY NO
          6%     DON’T KNOW
                          –        REFUSED

                        87%     TOTAL YES
                          6%     TOTAL NO

(ASKED SAMPLE A ONLY, N=392)

9         Do you believe that a two-state solution where both Israel and the Palestinians have their own separate land and governments will bring peace to the region or will there always be conflict?
                        16%     STRONGLY WILL BRING PEACE
                        10%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY WILL BRING PEACE
    12%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CONFLICT
    60%     STRONGLY THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CONFLICT
          2%     DON’T KNOW
                          *        REFUSED

                        26%     TOTAL WILL BRING PEACE
        72%     TOTAL THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CONFLICT

(ASKED SAMPLE B ONLY, N=408)

10       And, do you believe that the Palestinians’ ultimate goal is to live in peace side by side with Israel, or do you believe their ultimate goal is the elimination of Israel?

                        19%     STRONGLY LIVE IN PEACE
                        10%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY LIVE IN PEACE
                        12%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY ELIMINATION OF ISRAEL
                        52%     STRONGLY ELIMINATION OF ISRAEL
                          7%     DON’T KNOW
                      *        REFUSED

                        29%     TOTAL LIVE IN PEACE
                        64%     TOTAL ELIMINATION OF ISRAEL
Next, please tell me if you agree or disagree with each of the following statements...

The (first/next) one is...

TOTAL     TOTAL     STG  SMWT            SMWT            STG           

            AGREE     DISAG            AGREE     AGREE     DISAG            DISAG            D/K           REF.
11       The Palestinians have been indoctrinated by a generation of anti-Israel and anti-American propaganda; they are teaching their children to hate Americans and Jews and to become terrorists.
            72%          20%          48%           24%           10%           11%          7%             1%
12       There cannot be peace in the Middle East until the Palestinians stop teaching their children to become terrorists and to hate Israel and America.
            81%          14%          67%           14%  7%             7%             4%             1%
13       Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with the Palestinians when the Palestinian leadership has said the ultimate goal is to eliminate Israel.
            64%          29%          45%           20%           15%           14%          5%             1%

(ASKED SAMPLE A ONLY, N=392)

14       And, do you believe that the United States should pressure Israel to tear the fence down and compensate the Palestinians?

            19%     STRONGLY YES, PRESSURE ISRAEL
              7%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY YES, PRESSURE ISRAEL
            15%     NOT-SO-STRONGLY NO, DON’T PRESSURE ISRAEL
      52%     STRONGLY NO, DON’T PRESSURE ISRAEL
              6%     DON’T KNOW
              1%     REFUSED
            26%     TOTAL YES, PRESSURE ISRAEL
            67%     TOTAL NO, DON’T PRESSURE ISRAEL

Now, I have just a few more questions for statistical purposes only...

D1.      First, in what year were you born?

            7%       18-24
            14%     25-34
            14%     35-44
    22%     45-54
            19%     55-64
            22%     65+
            2%       Refused
D2.      And in politics today, do you consider yourself...

            a Republican,
            a Democrat,
            ...or something else?

            26%     STRONG REPUBLICAN
              8%     NOT-SO-STRONG REPUBLICAN
              7%  LEAN REPUBLICAN
            14%     SOMETHING ELSE/INDEPENDENT/UNDECLARED
              7%     LEAN DEMOCRAT
            11%     NOT-SO-STRONG DEMOCRAT
            27%     STRONG DEMOCRAT
        1%     REFUSED

            34%     TOTAL REPUBLICAN
            37%     TOTAL DEMOCRAT
            28%     TOTAL LEAN/INDEPENDENT

D3.  And, thinking a little about your political attitudes...  Do you consider yourself to be...

Conservative, Moderate, ...OR...Liberal ... on most issues?

            20%     VERY CONSERVATIVE
            21%     SOMEWHAT CONSERVATIVE
            35%     MODERATE
            15%     SOMEWHAT LIBERAL
              7%     VERY LIBERAL
              2%     NOT SURE
              *        REFUSED

            40%     TOTAL CONSERVATIVE
            23%     TOTAL LIBERAL

D4.      And what was the last grade you completed in school?

              1%     SOME GRADE SCHOOL (1-8)
              4%     SOME HIGH SCHOOL (9-11)
            23%  GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
              3%     TECHNICAL OR VOCATIONAL SCHOOL (12)
            23%     SOME COLLEGE (13-15)
            29%     GRADUATED COLLEGE (16)
            17%     GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL (16+)

              *        REFUSED
            28%     HIGH SCHOOL OR LESS
            26%     SOME COLLEGE
            46%     COLLEGE+

D5.      And for statistical purposes only...is your total annual household income greater or less than $60,000 dollars?

            9%     UNDER $20,000
            21%     $20,000 - $40,000
            18%     $40,000 - $60,000
            14%     $60,000 - $80,000
          13%     $80,000 - $100,000
            16%     OVER $100,000
            9%     REFUSED

D6.      What is your main racial or ethnic heritage?  Is it...

            77%     WHITE
            11%     BLACK
      6%       HISPANIC
            3%       OTHER
             3%      REFUSED

D7.      Have you or has anyone in your household served in the active United States military or are you or a household member currently serving in the United States military?

            39%     TOTAL YES
          3%       YES, SELF CURRENTLY
            6%       YES HH MEMBER CURRENTLY
            13%     YES SELF PAST
            20%     YES, HH MEMBER PAST

            60%     NO
              *          *        DON’T KNOW
              *          *        REFUSED

D8.      And what is your religion?

26%     ROMAN CATHOLIC
            48%     PROTESTANT
            2%       JEWISH
            10%     OTHER
    12%     NONE
            2%       REFUSED

D9.      And how often would you say that you attend religious services...

            13%     MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK
            28%     WEEKLY
              6%  ALMOST EVERY WEEK
            14%     ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH
            24%     A FEW TIMES A YEAR
            14%     NEVER
              *      DON’T KNOW                                                
              1%     REFUSED
            41%     FREQUENTLY
            20%     OCCASIONALLY
            38%     SELDOM/NEVER

D10.    Sex (BY OBSERVATION, BUT ASK EVERYONE) Are you employed outside of the home, are you a homemaker, or are you retired
            34%     MALE/EMPLOYED
          *        MALE/HOMEMAKER
            11%     MALE/RETIRED
              2%     MALE/NOT IN LABOR FORCE
            27%     FEMALE/EMPLOYED
        9%     FEMALE/HOMEMAKER
            14%     FEMALE/RETIRED
          2%     FEMALE/NOT IN LABOR FORCE
              *        MALE REFUSED
              *        FEMALE REFUSED
            48%     TOTAL MALE
            52%     TOTAL FEMALE

D11.    What is your current marital status?

                        18%     Single, never married
                        62%     Now married
                      2%     Living together, not married
                          8%     Divorced\
                          1%     Separated
                      9%     Widowed
                          1%     Refused
              37%     TOTAL NOT MARRIED