Israel Off Their Minds: The Diminished Place of Israel in the Political Thinking of Young Jews

By Steven M. Cohen, Sam Abrams

Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), October 27, 2008

Results from the 2008 National Survey of American Jews sponsored by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner show that young non-Orthodox Jews are far less likely than their elders to be thinking abou the security of Israel as a factor in their voting when they go to the polls for the upcoming November 4th 2008 presidential election. Among the non-Orthodox, Jews 65+ are almost twice as likely to rate the Israel-Palestine conflict as a major consideration in their vote for President as are Jews their children's age, those 21-34. Jews 35-64, report levels of concern about Israel intermediate between their younger and older counterparts. Among those 65 and over, 54% rate "high" or "very high" the Israel-Palestine conflict as a consideration in determining their vote for Obama or McCain. This figure comes in contrast with far lower levels among younger non-Orthodox Jews: 39% among those 35-54, and just 29% among those under 35.

Topic: Political Behavior, Youth, Israel Attachment, Religious Denominations, Politics

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Cohen, Steven M. Abrams, Sam. Israel Off Their Minds: The Diminished Place of Israel in the Political Thinking of Young Jews. Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA). 27 October 2008: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=207


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