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The Pew Research Study on Jewish Americans says in part:

On these measures (partisanship and ideology), the only other U.S. religious groups that are as conservative and Republican as Orthodox Jews are white evangelical Protestants and Mormons.

With ultra-Orthodox more strongly identified that way than Modern Orthodox. For non-Orthodox Jews (and especially if you remove Conservative from the mix):

Jews by religion are more than twice as likely as members of most other religious traditions to describe themselves as politically liberal. And black Protestants are the only religious group with a larger share than Jews by religion that identifies with or leans toward the Democratic Party.

(For those outside of America, if you view politics as a two dimensional line, these two positions are on right and left side of the line, respectively).

What about Orthodox Jewish beliefs cause people with an otherwise similar cultural and ancestral background and experience in America to reach different political conclusions than their compatriots who do not have this religious belief? Is there something specific about the beliefs of Orthodox Judaism that is interpreted as requiring association with one side of the political spectrum over the other, or is this correlation unrelated to religious belief and practice?

Note that for purposes of this survey, self-identification was all that was used. If someone identified themselves as Orthodox and as Republican, it was reported as such. So an objective definition of Republican isn't necessary to answer this question, but rather something which correlates the impression among Orthodox adherents about what political groups they are more affiliated with.

Possible objective sources of answers:

  1. Clear statements from influential Rabbis, Rabbinic Organizations or lay leadership in the Orthodox world which support such political leanings.
  2. A social scientists study on what may create that correlation.
  3. Personal experience with broad ranges of Orthodox Jews and finding a common theme in what they express about their political leanings.
  4. Something I didn't think of.
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@close-voters Why is this off-topic or opinion based? On topic: It asks about Jewish values that would create a certain affiliation, not about Jews. Not opinion-based: It asks about specific beliefs of Orthodox Judaism, which I assume could be sourced and objective. –  YEZ Aug 28 at 18:48
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It appears that the leftists are virulently against anyone who honestly follows a religion Examples are the Common Core education, the gay "marriage" push, the attempt to force religious people to approve of things that are forbidden (as in the Hobby Lobby case), ... All of these would tend to push Orthodox Jews to the right. When you add in the antisemitism of the "anti-Israel" left as seen on college capuses, for example, it is almost like being forced to vote Republican. –  sabbahillel Aug 28 at 19:06
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This question is a better fit for politics.stackexchange.com –  Jake Aug 28 at 19:07
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@sabbahillel and all: Conversation on YEZ's last comment continues in chat. Please don't continue it here. –  msh210 Aug 28 at 19:37
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In demographic terms, Hasidic Jews are more similar to some highly religious Christian groups than liberal Jews,” Comenetz said. “They may also sympathize more with the Republicans than the Democrats on values questions. So, one outcome may be a change in the way Jews vote.”

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Christianity gets most of its morality from Judaism, and this is a fact that many Christians will happily admit. In the USA, basic questions of morality did not divide the two major political parties, until the latter part of the 20th century.

A Jew who desires to keep the laws of liberal progressivism, will of course gravitate to politicians that promise to promote the liberal progressive agenda.

However, a Jew who desires to keep the laws of Hashem, will identify with politicians who follow a very similar set of morals.

There are a few Orthodox Jews who have held prominent positions within the Democratic Party. Joe Liberman was a US Senator for decades, although today's Democratic Party has shifted tremendously to the progressive left in the decades since Senator Liberman first entered politics.

The current US Treasury Secretary is also an Orthodox Jew, and a progressive liberal, but this requires a great deal of Cognitive Dissonance. Essentially, this ideological position requires one to say to oneself "I personally believe that X is a sin, but society is better off if we spend lots of tax money promoting X, and making sure more X happens all over the country"


There are several issues on which Orthodox Jews and Conservative Republicans have found increasing common ground, such as:

  • School Vouchers (yeshiva tuition would be partially covered by funds already allotted for your children's public school education)
  • Religious Freedom (we don't want the government telling us how to shecht, how to do brit milah, or what we have to teach our children)
  • Support for Israel (even Satmar doesn't want Hamas or Hezbollah to kill all the Jews in Israel).

Conversely, while Orthodox Jews may be less concerned with allowing gentiles to have abortions, or allowing two men to get a piece of paper calling them 'married', we certainly understand why the Conservative Christian world fights actively against these things. The basis for their opposition is our Torah, as they understand it.

While the U.S. Jewish population is larger than previously estimated , nearly all of the gain in population is from Orthodox Jews. Very few non-Orthodox Jews have more than two children, and many don't have kids at all, so all growth in our demographic for the foreseeable future will come from shomrei torah u'mitzvot.

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Jews don't believe in Tax and Charity? –  Shmuel Brin Aug 28 at 20:39
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School vouchers and religious freedoms will clash quite hard as school vouchers will undoubtedly come with strings attached. –  Shmuel Brin Aug 28 at 20:41
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Let us continue this discussion in chat. –  Shmuel Brin Aug 28 at 20:42

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