Pew Research Center

Pew Findings Not Surprising, But Also Not Irreversible

03/14/2016 - 16:39

The Pew Research Center poll released this week surveying attitudes among Israeli citizens confirms what many of us who work on Israeli issues already knew: Israel is a deeply divided society, first and foremost between its Jewish and Arab citizens, but also among its Jewish sectors.

Daniel Sokatch

Major Pew Survey Charts ‘Two Planes of Existence’

Poll finds American Orthodox increasingly aligned with Israelis on hot-button issues; Israeli society losing its religious middle.

03/07/2016 - 17:03
Managing Editor

To say that deep fissures cut through Israeli society is a little like saying the San Andreas Fault is a hairline fracture. But the depth of those divisions — over the commitment to democratic principles, the role of religion in society, the meaning of Jewish identity and the prospects for peace and even coexistence with the Palestinians — comes into sharp relief in a major new Pew Research Center survey.

A showdown in 1997; the divide has only grown worse in the decades since. Menachem Kahana/AFP/Getty

Diversity, Republican Style

Republicans claim that country's only Indian-American Republican governor, Nikki Haley (now that Bobby Jindal is out of office) and the country's only African American Republican senator, Tim Scott, endorsing the anti-immigration son of a Cuban immigrant, Marco Rubio, constitutes diversity in the GOP, which has only one Jewish member in the entire Congress. 

Voters Warm To Candidates Who Are Not Religious

01/27/2016 - 11:46

On the growing list of ways the “outsiders” election of 2016 is upsetting conventional political wisdom, here’s a new entry:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a copy of the Bible he said his mother gave him as a youth. RNS

Non-Religious Voters Present A Puzzle For Political Parties

11/05/2015 - 19:00

Political candidates are facing a new reality: Within the Democratic coalition, there are more religiously unaffiliated voters than belong to any single religious group.

A girl, top right, sits above a campaign town hall meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. RNS

Pew Study: More Americans Reject Religion, But Believers Firm In Faith

11/02/2015 - 19:00

Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who still consider themselves to belong to a religion are, on average, just as committed to their faiths as they were in the past — in certain respects even more so.

The 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study. Courtesy of Pew Research Center

The Secret To Wooing Birthright Alum

It’s the Holy Grail for engaging millennials. One woman might have answers.

09/08/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

What’s the trick to attracting Birthright alumni?

Philanthropist Charles Bronfman at event honoring Birthright madrichim, or trip leaders. Courtesy of Alumni Community

Orthodox Jews Are Mostly Republicans, And More

The research center's 2013 study yields more insights, especially about the Orthodox.

08/25/2015 - 20:00

Ever since the Pew Research Center released its landmark 2013 survey of U.S. Jewry, the study has become central to debates about everything from intermarriage to Jewish education. Now comes a new treasure trove of data from Pew about Orthodox Jews, extrapolated from the data amassed for the 2013 study (from 3,475 interviews with Jews conducted that year).

Members of the Jewish Orthodox community walk down a street in a Brooklyn neighborhood on June 14, 2012, in New York City. JTA

Nearly Half Of Americans Disapprove Of Iran Deal

07/21/2015 - 20:00

A poll by the Pew Research Center has found that nearly half of Americans disapprove of the recent accord over Iran’s nuclear program.

Mixed Outcomes From Latest Pew Study

05/13/2015 - 20:00

The new Pew Research Center study on America’s Changing Religious Landscape shows a steep decline in Christian affiliation and a parallel increase among the unaffiliated. Some believe the study’s results suggest that we will have a more difficult time advocating effectively on behalf of Israel, as spelled out in Robert Goldblum’s article, “Less-Christian U.S. Seen Disturbing for Jews on Israel” (May 15).  But this judgment is not so clear-cut.

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