Wind Election Report #7: An Update of the 2020 Election
A newsletter focusing on the 2020 election and American Jews
Jews and their Politics: Data on LA Jewish voters taken from the Pat Brown Institute Study from last fall:
Some Twelve Critical Outcomes:
1. LA Jews vote! 78% voted in 2016; 71% did so in 2018; this is compared with 65% and 55% of the general LA County voter base for the same two election cycles.
2. Among those surveyed in 2019, 75% of LA Jews expressed their disapproval of President Trump, with 21% endorsing his policies and actions.
3. One in Five LA Jews define themselves as “conservative.”
4. 75% of LA Jews believe that it is important that Israel exist as a Jewish State; while 65% of Jews are critical or somewhat critical of Israel government policies.
5. Anti–Semitism is a major concern for LA Jews (75%); a view shared across political and ideological lines.
6. Jews are deeply committed to social justice and equality (70%).
7. The Holocaust is seen as an essential component to their identity (67%).
8. 83% of Los Angeles Jews identify as “white,” while 17% define themselves “as other than white” (Hispanic, Black, Native American, etc.)
9. The levels of political activism and engagement are significant, as these five indicators suggest:
96% talk with family and friends about politics
77% report having signed petitions or having sent letters
62% indicate that they have made political contributions
38% attended public meeting or government agency hearing
44% indicated that they had participated in a political rally, protest or march
10. Social welfare issues of importance to LA Jews: The Five Top Items
Same-Sex Marriage 89%
Gun Control 83%
Affordable Care Act 71%
11. The diversity of news sources of importance to LA Jews:
68% from newspapers
56% from conversations with family and friends
53% from social media
46% from radio
40% from blogs and websites
12. Political Preferences: Differences Measured Religious Affiliation
Orthodox Jews surveyed here (and as reported elsewhere) appear to be “strong Republicans” (43%), with President Trump receiving a 70% approval rating. 15% of Orthodox Jews are “Strong Democrats” as compared to 40% of all Jewish Democrats.
Articles of Interest:
Donald Trump is the most serious threat to American Jewish security in the past half century
September 4, 2020 By David Lehrer
Announcement: Three October Election Events:
The 2020 Elections and the Jewish Vote
October 8th at 5 pm (PDT)
Sponsored by the JCC’s of the Bay Area
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Dr Steven Windmueller: the Election and the Jewish Vote
Chai Village Los Angeles
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30pm
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Dan Schnur and Steven Windmueller
October 18th at 4pm (PDT)
Casden Institute/Wilshire Blvd Temple
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Steven Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Studies at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of HUC-JIR. His writings, including his previous Wind Election Reports can be found on his website: www.thewindreport.com.