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Are American Jews Still Liberal?

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American Politics has been steadily taking a more conservative turn. Have American Jews been carried along, or have they remained largely fixed in their liberal cast?

Certainly there is no shortage of evidence showing that Jews have retained all their traditional allegiances. The most telling indicator, from exit polls in national elections, is that they continue to vote in overwhelming numbers for the Democratic party. In the eight most recent congressional elections, according to a New York Times analysis, an average of 74 percent of Jewish voters pulled the lever for Democratic candidates. (The corresponding figure for the electorate at large was 53 percent.) The disparity was even more pronounced in the watershed November 1994 congressional elections that for the first time in decades brought both houses of Congress under Republican control.

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