Public Religion Research Institute Poll

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

 

Public Religion Research Institute Poll

 

On April 3, tPublic Religion Research Institute 2012 Jewish Values Pollhe Public Religion Research Institute released the results of a survey commissioned by The Nathan Cummings Foundation. "Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012" is the largest survey of American Jews every conducted by a non-partisan and non-Jewish organization.

Much of the public attention has focused on how well President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger are faring among Jewish voters. But we are more interested in what the survey says about the values of American Jews and how those values influence our positions on public policy and politics.

In the coming days and weeks, we will be using this space and our page on Facebook to dig deeper into the survey’s numbers. NCF President Simon Greer began the digging with this op-ed in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

 

 

In Poll, Jewish Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama
By Laurie Goodstein
April 3, 2012
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A poll of American Jewish voters shows that they overwhelmingly support Barack Obama for president, just as they did four years ago, and that Israel and Iran rank low on their list of priority issues in the presidential election.

The results cast doubt on the claim that Mr. Obama has alienated a significant swath of Jewish voters because of his rocky relationship with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

 


Losing Touch With One's Followers
By Simon Greer
April 5, 2012
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Conservative essayist Milton Himmelfarb once famously quipped that American Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.

But what happens when leaders lose touch with their followers? The Catholic community has been struggling with this challenge for years. The Jewish community may be following in its footsteps.

 

Op-Ed: In survey of American Jews, questions for right and left
By Simon Greer
April 3, 2012

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NEW YORK (JTA) -- Mark Twain famously distrusted statistics. This was due to their malleability. Ask the question the right way, and you can claim a mandate for anything.

In contemporary society, statistics are often used to provide "unbiased evidence" for our pre-existing viewpoints. This is not to say that statistics tell us nothing useful. I believe they tell us much that is useful. But statistics are most illuminating if you look more intently at the numbers that challenge rather than simply confirm your assumptions.

 

Poll: 81% of Jews Back Gay Marriage
By Josh Nathan-Kazis
April 3, 2012

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It isn’t news that American Jews overwhelmingly support legalizing gay marriage. But a new survey out today puts that level of support at 81%, a few notches higher than previous polls.

An older survey conducted last May by the same polling group, the Public Religion Research Institute, pegged American Jewish support for same-sex marriage at 76%.

About half of all Americans support same-sex marriage.

 

 

What are Jewish values?
By Robert P. Jones
April 3, 2012

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More than two-thirds (68 percent) of Jewish Americans say they will participate in a Passover Seder this year, a ritual feast that commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the Israelites were emancipated from slavery in ancient Egypt. This Friday night after sundown, as they move through the Haggadah, the text that sets forth the order of the Seder, celebrants will read aloud the classic line: “Let all who are hungry come and eat; let all who are needy come and celebrate the Passover.”