embraced the idea of limited government and the affirmation of the rights of theindividual, etc…
The Blue State Jewish Voter
: This bloc represents the more traditional democraticliberal Jewish activist; these voters over the course of decades dominated the Jewish political scene. Their politics reflected an alignment of their Jewish and civic values on behalf of an array of social causes.
The Blue-Dog Jewish Voter
: This subset of the Democratic Party consists of Jewishvoters whose views on the social and economic agenda tend to be more conservative thanthe standard ideological positions of the party and who have adopted a strong defense policy, a commitment to protect and support American interests, including Israel.Crossing many of these definitional categories, one could identify a “
”that served to align Jewish participants from a number of these ideological camps. Ashared concern for the well-being and security of Israel and a joint commitment tonational security and to the fight against international terrorism were the core elementsthat seemed to engage many of those participating in this survey, regardless of political party or socio-economic status.As will be confirmed below, there are distinctive divides along religious movement lines, by political party affiliation, by gender, and to lesser degrees by age and geography.Among the long term questions raised by this and other studies, will American Jewish political behavior change, as Jews move into the fourth and fifth generation of their American journey?
Unpacking the Results:
The general profile of the respondents to this survey:
56 (17 respondents were under 20 and 5 indicated thatthey were over 90).
While every state was represented, of the 923individuals who responded to this question, nearlyone-half of the sample resided in three states,California, New York and Florida.
70% reported earnings of over $75,000
Over 90% of the participants held college degrees,with 51% holding advanced degrees.
56% of those surveyed were men; 44% were women3