CHOSEN FOR WHAT? JEWISH VALUES IN 2012

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1 CHOSEN FOR WHAT? JEWISH VALUES IN 12 Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey Public Religion Research Institute Analysis by Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO Daniel Cox, Director of Research

2 About the 12 Jewish Values Survey Based on nahonally representahve probability sample of 1,4 Jewish adults (age 18 and older) Includes Jews who idenhfy as Jewish by religion and Jews who idenhfy as Jewish by culture or ethnicity Conducted online using Knowledge Networks KnowledgePanel between February 23, 12, and March 5, 12. The margin of sampling error for the enhre sample is +/- 5. percentage points at the 95% level of confidence. Funded by a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings FoundaHon.

3 IMPORTANCE OF JEWISH VALUES IN SHAPING POLITICAL BELIEFS AND ACTIONS Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 3

4 Influence of Jewish Values on PoliMcal Beliefs and AcMon Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 4

5 Importance of Jewish Experiences for Shaping PoliMcal Beliefs and AcMon Importance of Jewish Experiences by GeneraMon Very Important Somewhat Important Not too Important Not at all Important Total The Holocaust All Jews Younger Jews (18-39) Older Jews (6+) Having opportunimes for economic success in America All Jews Younger Jews (18-39) Older Jews (6+) The immigrant experience in America All Jews Younger Jews (18-39) Older Jews (6+) Being a religious minority in America All Jews Younger Jews (18-39) Older Jews (6+) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 5

6 QualiMes Most Important to Jewish IdenMty Other General Values Cultural heritage/tradihon Religious observance 22 Support for Israel A commitment to social equality All Jews Jewish Democrats Jewish Republicans Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 6

7 POLITICAL PRIORITIES AND CANDIDATE PREFERENCES Among Jewish Voters Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 7

8 Most Important Issues for 12 PresidenMal Vote Among Jewish Voters 6 5 3% Most Important Issues for 12 PresidenMal Vote Economy Growing gap between rich and poor Health care Federal deficit NaHonal security Israel Iran Other Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 8

9 Obama Vs. Republican Candidate Among Jewish Voters Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 9

10 Support for Obama: 12 vs. 8 Among Jewish Voters 3% Support for Obama among Jewish Voters: 12 vs Obama McCain (8)/Republican Candidate (12) March 12 June 8 Source: Gallup, Daily Tracking Poll, June 8 (N=661); Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 1

11 Favorability of PoliMcal Figures Among Jewish Voters Views of PoliMcal Figures Among Jewish Voters Very favorable Mostly favorable Mostly unfavorable Very unfavorable Bill Clinton Barack Obama Mie Romney George W. Bush Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 11

12 EvaluaMons of Compromise: Obama vs. GOP Leaders EvaluaMons of Compromise on Important Issues Between Obama and GOP Leaders Among Jewish Voters Too much About the right amount Too liele Obama compromising with GOP leaders GOP leaders compromising with Obama Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 12

13 DOMESTIC ISSUES Economic Inequality and Opportunity, Other Issues Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 13

14 The American Dream: If You Work Hard, You ll Get Ahead 3 3% Among Jewish Americans % SHll holds true Once held true, but not anymore Never held true Other/DK/Refused % % Among All Americans SHll holds true Once held true, but not anymore Never held true Other/DK/Refused Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Public Religion Research InsHtute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, November 11 (N=1,2) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 14

15 Fairness of the American Economic System The Economic System in This Country Unfairly Favors the Wealthy 83 Agree 71 Disagree All Jews Less than $3K $3K- $5K $5K- $125K $125K+ Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 15

16 Government Role in Addressing Inequality The Government Should Do More to Reduce the Gap Between the Rich and Poor Agree Disagree All Jews All Americans White Evangelical White Mainline Catholic Unaffiliated Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4); Public Religion Research InsHtute, PRRI/ RNS Religion News Survey, November 11 (N=1,2) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 16

17 Willingness To Pay More Taxes to Help the Poor by Household Income 8 7 Would You Be Willing To Pay More in Taxes to Fund Federal Programs the Help the Poor? Willing to pay more Not willing to pay more Other/Refused All Jews Less than $3K $3K- $5K $5K- $125K $125K+ Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) 6 Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 17

18 DomesMc Policy Issues Same- Sex Marriage, Environment, and Health Care Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally Favor 69 Oppose 3 Tougher laws and regulahons to The Supreme Court overturning the protect the environment even if it recent health care law raises prices or costs jobs Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) 58 Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 18

19 Same- Sex Marriage 3% Allowing Gay and Lesbian Couples to Marry Legally Favor Oppose All Jews All Americans Unaffiliated White Mainline Catholic Black Protestant White Evangelical Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4); Public Religion Research InsHtute, American Values Survey, September 11 (N=1,55) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 19

20 ACCEPTANCE OF IMMIGRANTS AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey

21 PercepMon of Immigrants The Growing Number of Newcomers from Other Countries... Threatens tradihonal American customs and values Strengthens American society Other/DK All Jews All Americans Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4); Public Religion Research InsHtute, Pluralism, ImmigraHon, and Civic IntegraHon Survey, August 11 (N=2,45) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 21

22 American Muslims as Part of the Broader Religious Community in the U.S. 8 7 American Muslims Are an Important Part of the Religious Community in the U.S. Agree Disagree All Americans All Jews Jews Age Jews Age - 59 Jews Age 6+ Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4); Public Religion Research InsHtute, Pluralism, ImmigraHon, and Civic IntegraHon Survey, August 11 (N=2,45) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 22

23 FOREIGN POLICY Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 23

24 The Best Way to Ensure Peace 3% The Best Way to Ensure Peace Good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace The best way to ensure peace is through military strength All Americans All Jews Jewish Republicans Jewish Independents Jewish Democrats Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4); Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, PoliHcal Typology Survey, March 11 (N=3,29) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 24

25 Response to Iran s Nuclear Weapons Program If the economic sancmons are unable to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program, do you think the U.S. should take military acmon to prevent Iran's development of a nuclear weapon or not? 59 All Jews Yes No All Americans Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4); Quinnipiac University Survey, November 11 (N=2,552) Note: The results from the Quinnipiac University Survey are based on two separate queshons that have been recombined. "Do you think the U.S. should take military achon to prevent Iran's development of a nuclear weapon or not? (If "NO") If the economic sanchons are unable to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program, do you think the U.S. should take military achon to prevent Iran's development of a nuclear weapon or not?" Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 25

26 Obama s Handling of the Arab- Israeli Conflict 3% Which of the following statements best describes how you view President Obama s handling of the Arab- Israeli conflict? 36 I agree with the President s policies and I like the way he is execuhng these policies I agree with the President s policies, but I don t like the way he is execuhng these policies 15 I disagree with the President s policies Not sure 28 Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 26

27 The Establishment of a PalesMnian State 3% Would You Support or Oppose the Establishment of a PalesMnian State? Support Oppose All Americans All Jews Jews without a College Degree Jewish College Graduates Jewish Post- Graduates Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4); Quinnipiac University Survey, September 11 (N=2,118) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 27

28 Major Problems for Israel The Israeli- PalesHnian conflict How Much of a Problem for Israel Are Each of the Following? Major Problem Minor Problem Not a Problem Iran s nuclear program Ultra- Orthodox control of religious life in Israel Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Economic and social inequality in Israel Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 28

29 SYNAGOGUES AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 29

30 Synagogue AcMviMes Should Synagogues Be Involved in the Following AcMviMes? 1 96 Yes No Performing acts of charity 3 Engaging in public policy advocacy to address social problems SupporHng polihcal campaigns or candidates Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 3

31 Who Is Coming to Passover? 3% Are You Planning to ParMcipate in a Passover Seder? 5 27 Yes No Other 68 Source: Public Religion Research InsHtute, Jewish Values Survey, March 12 (N=1,4) Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey 31

32 Chosen For What? Jewish Values in 12 Findings from the 12 Jewish Values Survey Follow us Online: Ø Ø Ø Public Religion Research Institute Analysis by Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO Daniel Cox, Director of Research

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