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Publication Date: November 1996

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Charles S. Liebman; Steven M. Cohen

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Politics (Political ideologies and movements)

Keywords: Study; Church and State; Political behavior; Values

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The authors examine two aspects of a commonly expressed idea: that American Jews are more liberal than non-Jewish Americans, and that this liberalism derives from traditional Jewish values. After examining evidence from a survey of American social attitudes conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), the authors find that while American Jews are more liberal than other groups in certain selective ways, there is no evidence to suggest that this derives from traditional Jewish teachings.