A theme we like to revisit here is the stronger nationalism expressed by younger Jews relative to that of their elders. This generational dynamic is quite unique in the American context. The following graph shows immigration restrictionism by age and ethnicity. The GSS asked respondents what they “think the number of immigrants nowadays to America should be”. Immigration restrictionism is calculated as (2*%reduced a lot)+(% reduced a little)-(% increased a little)-(2*% increased a lot):
Most surveys reveal scant support for immigration restrictionism among black Americans, but the GSS shows it to be strong. There is a clear duration divide–older Old Americans don’t want more immigration; younger New Americans want lots of it.
GSS variables used: LETIN1A, AGE(18-49)(50-89), RELIG(1-2,4-13)(3), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10)