Jewish Journal


December 24, 2012

The Israel Factor 12.2012, Questionnaire


1. On a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (great), please rank the following candidates for secretary of state and secretary of defense the next Obama administration, by topic:

Topic / policy

John Kerry

Chuck Hagel

Understanding the Middle East



Understanding Israel



Ability to get along with the Israeli government



More generally, will his selection be "good" or "bad" for Israel?




2. Please rank the following scenarios from 1 (unlikely) to 10 (very likely):

The second Obama administration is going to heavily invest in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process


The second Obama administration is going to intervene militarily in Syria


The second Obama administration is going to pressure Israel to freeze settlement activity


The second Obama administration is going to succeed in peacefully convincing Iran to halt its nuclear program


The second Obama administration is going to stop Iran's nuclear program militarily


The second Obama administration is bound to have better relations with the Israeli government than the first


Relations between Obama and Netanyahu will improve (10), remain the same (5) or deteriorate (1)



3. Looking ahead for 2016, please rank the following presidential candidates on scale of 1 (bad for Israel) to 10 (good for Israel):

Hillary Clinton


Joe Biden


Chris Christie


Marco Rubio


Paul Ryan


Jeb Bush


Rob Portman *


Condoleezza Rice


Andrew Cuomo


Martin O'Malley *


Deval Patrick *


Cory Booker *


Elizabeth Warren


Mark Warner *


Brian Schweitzer *


Sarah Palin


Rick Santorum


Rand Paul *


Mike Huckabee


David Petraeus


* Ranked by six or fewer panelists

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