New Survey: Comprehensive Look at the American Jewish Political, Religious Landscapes and its Impact on the 2012 Election
Digging deeper than traditional opinion polls, a new national survey of American Jews takes a comprehensive look at what religious and cultural values are shaping political beliefs and behavior and inspiring social action in the Jewish community and beyond. The survey also highlights what central issues are driving Jewish voters to the polls this year. Conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, the new survey of 1,004 Jewish Americans is the first of its kind conducted by a non-Jewish research organization.
On Tuesday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m. EDT in the Bloomberg Room at the National Press Club, leading scholars will discuss the findings of the PRRI survey and its impact on the 2012 election. The panel discussion is open to media and coverage is welcome. Photo, video and interview opportunities will be available.
Key findings from the PRRI survey include the relatively low importance of the State of Israel as an importing voting issue in the 2012 election, and comparisons on how Jewish community support of President Obama today measures up to a comparable point in the 2008 election. The survey finds Jewish adults divided over whether their children will be better off financially than they are, and divided over the continued accessibility of the American Dream. The survey finds generally strong Jewish support for addressing economic inequality in America, accepting immigrants, and preferring diplomacy over militarism in foreign policy. The PRRI survey also explores Jewish religious beliefs and practices, and finds a strong agreement among American Jews about the types of activities in which synagogues should engage.
Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
Daniel Cox, research director, Public Religion Research Institute
Dr. Kenneth D. Wald, distinguished professor of political science, University of Florida
April 3, 2012 – 9:30 am-11:00 a.m. EDT
Bloomberg Room, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.