Geographical Variations in the Demographics and Attitudes of American Jews from the Pew Research Center 2020 Study

Authors: Ira Sheskin*, University of Miami
Topics: Ethnic Geography
Keywords: American Jews, ethnicity
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of American Jews in 2013 which was followed by a similar effort in 2020. This paper examines the major results from this survey including basic demographics, issues of Jewish identity, religious beliefs and practices, connections and attitudes toward Israel, and social and political views concerning United States policy. Particular attention is paid indicators of whether American Jews view themselves as an ethnic group, a religious group, or both and to geographic differences among the 4 Census Regions. The manner in which the American Jewish community has changed over the past 7 years and how the results for the American Jewish community differ from those of the general American public, particularly on social and political views, form another focus.

The survey was completed using an ABS (Address-Based Sampling) methodology, rather than the RDD methodology which has been used in other national Jewish surveys (the 1990 and 2000-01 National Jewish Population surveys and the Pew 2013).

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