Poll Reveals Jewish Views on Immigrants and Immigration

By Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator. Cross-posted from jewishsocialjustice.org.

Results of a Public Religion Research Institute poll completed in March 2012 entitled “Jewish Values Survey 2012” has become relevant again as Jewish organizations amp up their engagement in the campaign to create a just immigration process. The survey sheds light on Jewish views of immigration. PRRI found that a solid majority of American Jews (57%) believe that the growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthen American society.

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Photo from Jewish Community Action

However, the details are a bit more complicated. From the report:

A majority (56%) of Jewish Republicans agree that the growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values, while only one-third (33%) believe that the growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthen American society. There is also a significant generational gap: younger Jews (age 18-39) are more likely to agree with the notion that the growing number of newcomers strengthens American society, while older Jews (age 60 and older) are less likely to affirm this statement.

Interesting, and useful for Jewish groups looking to reach out to Jewish communities and elected officials, is that 70% of Jews cite the Jewish immigrant experience in America as a somewhat or very important influence on their political beliefs and activity.

Click here to see the full report, which covers way more than immigration.

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70% of Jews cite the Jewish immigration experience to the US as shaping their outlook. Image

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