Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012: Findings from the 2012 Jewish Values Survey

By Robert P. Jones, Daniel Cox

Public Religion Research Institute, Inc., April 2012

This new survey of 1,004 American Jews, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute is the most comprehensive, representative national study of its kind conducted by a non-Jewish research organization. The survey takes a broad look at how Jewish values, experiences and identity are shaping political beliefs and behavior and influencing social action in the Jewish community and beyond.

The survey finds that more than eight-in-ten American Jews say that pursuing justice and caring for the widow and the orphan are somewhat or very important values that inform their political beliefs and activities. More than seven-in-ten say that tikkun olam and welcoming the stranger are important values. A majority say that seeing every person as made in the image of God is an important influence on their political beliefs and activities. Strong majorities of American Jews also cite the experience of the Holocaust, having opportunities for economic success in America, and the immigrant experience as important in shaping their political beliefs and activities. The survey also finds President Barack Obama with the same level of support (62%) among American Jewish voters as during a comparable point in the 2008 race.

Topic: Political Behavior, Elections, Tikkun Olam, Jewish Identity, Survey, Politics, Voting, Values, Identity

Funder: Nathan Cummings Foundation

Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Jones, Robert P. Cox, Daniel. Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012: Findings from the 2012 Jewish Values Survey. Public Religion Research Institute, Inc.. April 2012:


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