MOMENT'S THOUGHT-PROVOKING JEWISH POLITICAL VOICES PROJECT GIVES INSIGHT INTO THE TOPICS THAT ARE RELEVANT TO US AS AMERICANS AND AS JEWS. BEING EDUCATED ABOUT ISSUES, CONFLICTS AND CANDIDATES IS VITAL THIS ELECTION
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JEWISH VOTERS MATTER
THANKS FOR THE INSIGHT
This thought-provoking project ("Jewish Political Voices Project," November/December 2019) gives insight into the topics that are relevant to us as Americans and Jews. Just because we were born into a certain demographic, it does not mean that we will blindly vote as our parents did. Being educated about the issues, conflicts and candidates is vital.
It will be interesting to see how choices of candidates will change as the election nears. The candidates should note that the small but mighty Jewish vote matters.
CHICKEN OR EGG?
The correlation between an interviewee's political views and news sources is astounding but not surprising. I am curious to learn the answer to the obvious "chicken or the egg" question: Do people pick news sources that align with and reinforce their political viewpoints, or do the news sources mold the opinions of open-minded readers and viewers?
West Orange, NJ
WHY SO MANY DEMOCRATS?
Why are there twice as many Democratic voices as there are Republicans? Especially when most Democratic candidates are not expressing pro-Israel views or strong statements against anti-Semitism, I find it difficult to understand why U.S. Jews are so committed to a party that is clearly not representing Jewish values and interests.
Editor's note: As explained in last issues introduction, JPVP participants reflect the spectrum of American Jewish voters. Historically, roughly 75-85 percent of Jews have voted for Democratic presidential candidates. Republicans are over-represented in the project.
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