Jews Continue Liberal Trends

American Jews continue to identify as liberal and more strongly than other Americans support the rights of gays and lesbians, a woman's right to choose, environmental regulations, women in the workforce and immigrants, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on American religion released this week. A majority of Jews — 65 percent, compared with 50 percent of all Americans — also believes that government aid to the poor does more good than harm.

Jews are more accepting of gays and lesbians than are other Americans. Seventy-seven percent of Jews said they support same-sex marriage, compared with 53 percent of all Americans, while acceptance of “homosexuality in society” grew between 2007 and 2014 from 70 percent to 81 percent among Jews and from 50 percent to 62 percent among all Americans.

The survey also found that the percentage of Jews who identify as liberal grew from 38 percent to 43 percent. As for a woman's right to choose, 83 percent of Jews say abortion should be mostly or entirely legal compared with 53 percent of all Americans.

And, when it comes to environmental regulations, 71 percent of Jews say stricter laws and regulations are worth the cost compared with 57 percent of all Americans.

Jews also believe that having more women in the workforce has meant a change for the better, with 79 percent agreeing compared with 67 percent of all Americans, while 41 percent of Jews believe that a growing population of immigrants has been a change for the better, compared with just 26 percent of all Americans.

The survey was conducted between June and September 2014, and included a sample size of 847 Jews among the total sample of 35,071.