Trends Among Young Jewish Voters

By Aaron Strauss

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, January 2012

How will the Jewish vote - especially among young people - trend in the future? Young American Jews (under 35 years old) are pulled in two different directions - not individually, but as a group. On the one hand, demographically, there are more young Orthodox Jews, most likely because their parents have children in greater numbers. Orthodox Jews are much more likely than other Jews to identify as conservative and vote for Republicans. On the other hand, like younger voters of all religious backgrounds, young Jews tend to be more liberal than their parents or grandparents. These two tendencies - the fact that Orthodox voters (whose proportion grows faster than non-Orthodox) lean conservative and the fact that younger voters tend to be more liberal than their parents - balance the scorecard.

Topic: Political Behavior, Elections, Young Adults, Orthodox Judaism, Generational Issues, Politics, Voting

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.686

Page Number(s): 19-20

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Genre: Art

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Strauss, Aaron. Trends Among Young Jewish Voters. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. January 2012: 19-20.


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