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New Study Explores 'The Jewish Vote' and Reasons Behind Its Liberal Identity

Ruderman Family Foundation releases study on the Jewish Vote to enhance an understanding on the underlying ideologies that motivate American Jews ahead of the 2016 US election

Jerusalem — An academic paper on the US Jewish Vote has been released by the Ruderman Family Foundation on the demographics’ origins, tendencies, and how it is set to play yet again a major factor in this November's US Presidential election.

Published by the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa, the research paper was written by Professor Gil Troy of McGill University in Canada and looks closely at the mindset of American Jews when voting for political offices in the US and where this general sense of 'liberalism' comes from, as 70-80% of US Jews in the last six Presidential elections have voted Democratic.
"Scholars left and right have been puzzled by this bizarre phenomenon, offering explanations ranging from Jewish values of social justice to once oppressed Jews' fears of government power," Troy writes in the study.

The report offers a historical analysis into Jewish voting in the US and why Jews being conceived as liberal has been a great American mystery for decades.

However, the study also upends some common thinking among Jews when voting for a US President. “American Jews are perceived as voting for Jewish interests, especially regarding Israel, however American Jews are more pro-choice than pro-Israel when voting,” Troy added.

"The Jewish community remains extremely active in American politics and has achieved real impact on so many levels of the political scene, yet the motivations of the community are varied and complex," said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. "The secret of the community's political success can be boiled down to an intense desire to improve American society and its role in the world."

The Ruderman Family Foundation is steadfast in its commitment to better educate Israelis, both the public and Israeli leadership, on the intricacies and workings of the entire American Jewish community. The organization provides a plethora of resources towards combating this disconnect, including Knesset Missions to the U.S. and the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies, a groundbreaking academic program established in 2013 at the University of Haifa.

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