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American Jewish Republicans: What We (Still) Don't Know, Ezra Sackett Jan 2015

American Jewish Republicans: What We (Still) Don't Know, Ezra Sackett

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What causes American Jewish conservatism and why, like Jewish liberalism, has it remained relatively unchanged for so many years? This study approaches the question by assuming that the relationship between Orthodox Jews and Republican identity is more complex than a matter of religiosity. The theory of this paper supports the idea that the religious makeup of close social structures will be indicative of which political party American Jews identify with. Using data from a comprehensive survey of American Jewish life recorded in 2013, this study examines the closest social relationships of American Jews; specifically looking at close friends, spouses, and ...