Jews are more conservative on non-religious issues than white Democrats, and the
majority of Jews strongly oppose affirmative action.
TGGP uses the RACE variable for whites, which means the respondent chose “white” over “black” or “other”, instead of using RACECEN1, which includes 16 categories of which “white” is only one (and thus a slightly better measure of non-Hispanic whites).
Using the more specific racial category, the following table shows the percentage of all Jews and of white Democrats who take the conservative position on each of 20 politically salient issues. The more conservative group is shown in bold for each item:
|Issue*||All Jews||White Dems|
|Woman to abort for any reason||30.4%||46.6%|
|Legalize same-sex marriage||32.6%||31.8%|
|Capital punishment for murder||60.1%||64.5%|
|Availability of pornography||14.7%||31.6%|
|Suicide allowed for incurable disease||16.6%||30.5%|
|Man to work, woman to stay home||27.2%||28.7%|
|Government to reduce income differences||10.6%||6.1%|
|Minorities never fit into the mainstream||10.9%||12.4%|
|Restrictions on handguns||17.5%||18.3%|
|Gov’t providing healthcare to the sick||37.9%||58.8%|
|Immigration from Latin America||37.1%||45.6%|
|Serve in military when needed||31.5%||33.9%|
|Federal income taxes too high||58.4%||54.7%|
|Rich countries pay taxes to poor countries||37.5%||32.0%|
|Taxes on the rich||19.8%||18.7%|
|Taxes on the poor||43.6%||67.8%|
|Blacks should not intrude||10.9%||35.1%|
Half Sigma’s statement is only partially accurate. Jews are more ‘conservative’ on economic issues than white Democrats are–unsurprisingly so, since they tend to make a lot more money (it might be argued that favoring higher taxes on the poor is actually generally thought of as a conservative position, in which case Jews would be seen as more conservative than white Democrats).
But on every social issue, with the exception of a marginally more conservative Jewish position on same-sex marriage, whether it has a religious tinge to it or not, white Democrats are further to the right than Jews–again, an amalgamation that in addition to liberals includes self-described moderates and conservatives as well–are. And of course Jewish Democrats are even further to the left of Democratic gentiles than Jews as a whole are.
GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1), PARTYID(0-2), RELIG(3), YEAR(2000-2008), AFFRMACT, GRASS, ABANY, MARHOMO, CAPPUN, PORNLAW, SUICIDE1, FEFAM, EQWLTH, ETHNOFIT, HGUNLAW, HELPHLTH, LETINHSP, MILSERVE, TAX, LDCTAX, TAXRICH, TAXPOOR, RACPUSH, NATAID
* The questions as posed to survey participants and the responses I judge to be indicative of a ‘conservative’ stance follow. If the question allows for a binary response and the popular conservative position is obvious, for the sake of brevity it is not included below.
Affirmative action — Are you for or against preferential hiring and promotion of blacks? Con = Oppose, strongly oppose
Legalize same-sex marriage — Homosexual couples should have the right to marry one another. Con = Disagree, strongly disagree
Availability of pornography — Which of these statements comes closest to your feelings about pornography laws: 1. There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 2. There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 3. There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. Con = Response 1
Man to work, woman to stay home — It is much better for everyone involved if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of the home and family. Con = Agree, strongly agree
Government to reduce income differences — Here is a card with a scale from 1 to 7. Think of a score of 1 as meaning that the government ought to reduce the income differences between rich and poor, and a score of 7 meaning that the government should not concern itself with reducing income differences. What score between 1 and 7 comes closest to the way you feel? Con = 7
Minorities never fit into the mainstream — To what extent do you agree or disagree that ethnic minorities will never fit into American culture? Con = Agree, strongly agree
Gov’t providing healthcare to the sick — How successful do you think the government in America is nowadays at providing healthcare for the sick? Con = Quite unsuccessful, very unsuccessful
Immigration from Latin America — Should immigration from Latin America be increased a lot, increased a little, left the same as it is now, decreased a little, or decreased a lot? Con = Decreased a little, decreased a lot
Serve in military when needed — As far as you are concerned personally on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is not at all important and 7 is very important, how important is it to be willing to serve in the military at a time of need? Con = 7
Rich countries pay taxes to poor countries — People in wealthy countries should make an additional tax contribution to help people in poor countries. Con = Disagree, strongly disagree
Taxes on the rich — Generally, how would you describe taxes on the rich in America today? We mean all taxes together, including social security, income tax, sales tax, and all the rest. Con = Too high, much too high
Taxes on the poor — Generally, how would you describe taxes on the rich in America today? We mean all taxes together, including social security, income tax, sales tax, and all the rest. Con = Too high, much too high
Blacks should not intrude — Blacks shouldn’t push themselves where they’re not wanted. Con = Slightly agree, strongly agree
Foreign aid — Regarding foreign aid, tell me whether you think we’re spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. Con = Too much