A Survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute based in Washington, D.C. shows most Jewish Americans favor diplomacy for peace over military action.
At least 8-in-10 American Jews say that pursuing justice (84%) and caring for the widow and the orphan (80%) are somewhat or very important values that inform their political beliefs and activity.
More than 7-in-10 also say that tikkun olam - healing the world (72%), and welcoming the stranger (72%) are somewhat or very important values.
A majority (55%) say that seeing every person as made in the image of God is somewhat or very important in informing their political beliefs and activity.[/*][/list]When asked which qualities are most important to their Jewish identity, nearly half (46%) of American Jews cite a commitment to social equality, twice as many as cite support for Israel (20%) or religious observance (17%). Fewer than 1-in-10 say that a sense of cultural heritage and tradition (6%) or a general set of values (3%) are most important to their Jewish identity.
In the 2008 elections, 78% of Jewish Americans voted for Obama, but, according to the survey's authors, the figure reflects statistics measured at a similar point in the campaign that year. The current figure also shows that Jewish support for Obama is much higher than that of the general American population (44% for Obama and 37% for a Republican candidate).
Of the Jews who voted for Obama in 2008, 86% would like to see him reelected, while 7% said they have switched sides and would prefer to see a Republican candidate win this time round. Fifty-eight percent of the Jewish voters approve of Obama's performance as president, 34% disapprove.
Thirty-six percent said they are "not sure" about their opinion of how Obama is handling the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The results emerged as part of a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute based in Washington, D.C.
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