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On October 3, 2019 the Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs at Cal State LA released the findings of its recent poll of Los Angeles County’s Jewish voters. The survey briefing was held at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Erika J. Glazer Family Campus).

The Jewish poll is part of a groundbreaking, multiyear PBI project to survey four major racial and ethnic populations in Los Angeles County: the Asian American, Latino, African American, and Jewish communities. The Jewish poll illustrates how Jewish voters civically engage, their political priorities, and what they consider to be the key issues facing Los Angeles.


The poll is based on more than 1,800 interviews of registered Jewish voters and allows for analysis by age, gender, religious observance, and partisanship. The findings from the poll highlight how the County’s dynamic and diverse Jewish community views President Trump, the threat of anti-Semitism, and the 2020 election. It also explores the attitudes of Jews towards the State of Israel, gun control, the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, and immigration. 

This project was designed with input from the Jewish Survey Working Group:

  • Dr. Gar Culbert, Associate Professor of Political Science, Cal State LA
  • Susan Goldberg, Rabbi, Nefesh
  • Alisa Belinkoff Katz, Fellow, UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy
  • Dr. Bruce Phillips, Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew-Union College/ Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Susan Pinkus, Former Director, the Los Angeles Times Poll
  • Dan Schnur, Professor, Annenberg School of Communication, USC and the Institute of Governmental Studies UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Jennifer Thompson, Maurice Amado Associate Professor of Applied Jewish Ethics and Civic Engagement and Director of the Jewish Studies Program, Cal State Northridge
  • Dr Steven Windmueller, Emeritus Dean and Professor, Hebrew Union College/ Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Zev Yaroslavsky, Director, Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

The Institute has also published several reports based on the findings of the survey: