AJC Report: Young Jews Even More Democratic

October 23, 2006 at 11:19 pm | Posted in Identity, political parties | Leave a comment

From the AJC Report:

Longitudinal General Social Survey data dispel the contention that there has been a rightward drift in Jewish political attitudes and values (Smith, 2005). In fact, a close perusal of the data reveals that, in areas where Jewish attitudes have not held steady over the course of the past thirty years, they have actually grown more liberal. For example, a decreasing proportion of Jews believe that premarital sex and homosexual sex is “always wrong,” and an increasing proportion believe in the “right to commit suicide if a person has an incurable disease.” Regarding sex roles, there has been a substantial increase in the percentage of Jewish respondents who disagree with the statement “a wife should first help a husband’s career” (from 62 percent during 1972-80, to 70 percent during 1981-90, to 88 percent during 1991-2002).

Jewish students also appear to be more politically liberal than other students, and correspondingly espouse more progressive attitudes regarding sex, drugs, abortion, gender roles, and homosexuality. This corresponds with Greenberg’s finding that Gen Y, overall, is more likely to call itself liberal than older generations. Sax (2002) found that political orientation was one of the variables that maximally distinguished between the Jewish and non-Jewish students— 51 percent of Jews as compared to 25 percent of non-Jews identify themselves as “liberal.”

Read the whole report at http://www.ajc.org/atf/cf/{42D75369-D582-4380-8395-D25925B85EAF}/YoungJewishAdultsUS_102006.pdf

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