How lib­eral are US Jews? Very, says poll

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

AMER­I­CAN JEWS re­main strongly lib­eral in their po­lit­i­cal and so­cial views, a new study has con­firmed.

While 43 per cent of Chris­tians vote Repub­li­can and 40 per cent Demo­crat, the fig­ure for re­li­giously iden­ti­fy­ing Jews is 64 per cent Demo­crat and 26 per cent Repub­li­can, ac­cord­ing to the Pew Cen­tre’s 2014 sur­vey of the Amer­i­can re­li­gious land­scape.

Whereas 53 per cent of Amer­i­cans na­tion­ally sup­port same-sex mar­riage and less than half — 44 per cent — of Chris­tians, the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Jews — 77 per cent — are in favour.

Jews also tend to be less re­li­giously con­ser­va­tive. Whereas 70 per cent of Chris­tians be­lieve in a per­sonal God and 85 per cent in heaven, only a quar­ter of Jews iden­tify with a per­sonal God and 47 per cent be­lieve in heaven.

So­ci­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor, Steven Cohen, one of the lead­ing an­a­lysts of con­tem­po­rary Jewry, said: “prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant find­ing… in this very im­pres­sive sur­vey is the ex­tent to which Jews are po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural lib­er­als.

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