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September 17, 1982 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-09-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

38 Friday, September 17, 1982

Survey Assesses American Jewish Attitudes

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NEW YORK — American
Jews are wholeheartedly in
support of Israel and are
concerned for her security
even though most of them
reserve the right to criticize
her policies publicly.
These are among the con-
clusions of a survey of
American Jewish views on a
wide spectrum of topics
ranging from the Middle
East to the domestic agenda
of the U.S.
On the domestic side, the
survey reveals that al-
though Jews, like other
Americans, have become
more conservative in their
political and social views in
recent years, they are still
more liberal on many issues
than most of the rest of the
country.

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Family

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Family

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The survey was con-
ducted by Dr. Steven M.
Cohen, who discussed his
findings at a news con-
ference last week at the
national headquarters of
the American Jewish
Committee. The AJ-
Committee was co-
sponsor of the study, to-
gether with the City Uni-
versity Center for Jewish
Studies.
Dr. Cohen stated that the
characteristics of his re-
spondents, selected through
an experimental, low-cost
sampling technique,
matched those appearing in
other recent Jewish com-
munity surveys. With a me-
dian adult age of 49, Ameri-
can Jews are older than the
general population. They
are better educated, with 59
percent college graduates,
and 33 percent having
attended graduate school.
While their median in-
come of $27,500 is higher
than the general American
average, there is a greater
span in the incomes of Jews
than is usually assumed.
The comparatively large
numbers of affluent house-
holds are offset by large
numbers of lower middle-
income households.
The survey revealed that
American Jews ranked two
issues above all others in
terms of their importance to
the American Jewish com-
munity — the security of Is-
rael and anti-Semitism in
the U.S.
A nearly-unanimous 94
percent of the respon-
dents characterized
themselves as either
"pro-Israel (50 percent)
or "very pro-Israel" (44
percent); 93 percent be-
lieve that "support for Is-
rael is in America's inter-
est"; 83 percent would see
the destruction of Israel
as "one of the greatest
personal tragedies of my
life."
At the same time, 71 per-
cent do not believe that "Is-
rael's future is secure," and
76 percent believe that
"Jews should not vote for
candidates who are un-
friendly to Israel."
Despite their support,
however, most American
Jews have never accepted
that Zionist ideal that all
Jews should strive to return
to Israel, Dr. Cohen de-
clared. He reported that a
vast majority of his respon-
dents, 81 percent, disagreed
with the statement that
"each American Jew should
give serious thought to set-
tling in Israel," and "by a
margin of better than three
to one (61 percent to 17 per-
cent," they asserted that
"there is a bright future for
Jewish life in America."
However, only 34 percent
agree with the statement
that "virtually all positions
of influence in America are
open to Jews."
Israel's
Assessing
policies in regard to the
Arabs, 74 percent of the
respondents considered
them "about right," while
23 percent said they were
"to hawkish," and four
percent said they were
-"too -dovish." - -

In answer to specific
questions on Israeli-Ar'ab
relations, 64 percent of re-
spondents to the survey
held that "if the West Bank

became an independent
Palestinian state, it would
probably be used as a
launching pad to endanger
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