To ascertain the total number of voting Jews, Sh’ma asked Jerome Chanes, author of several books on Jewish public affairs and a fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center, for his estimation.
The number of Jewish voters is as fuzzy as the number of Jews. How many Jews are there in the United States? What percentage of these Jews vote? If we take 6 to 6.5 million Jews in America as an estimate, with some 80 percent of voting age, that yields about 5 million eligible Jewish voters. Considering that Jews historically vote at a higher rate than the general public (with some diminution in recent years among younger and older populations) — we can assume at least 50 percent participation — then we have at least 2.5 million Jews voting in presidential elections. For more information visit: www.jewishdatabank.org/PopulationStatistics.asp.email print