A majority of white evangelicals believe God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people, compared with 40% of American Jews who believe the same.
Israel defines itself as a Jewish state, and most Jews in the United States say that emotionally they are either very attached (30%) or somewhat attached (39%) to Israel. But on some measures, Jews’ feelings for Israel are equaled or even exceeded by those of white evangelical Protestants.
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The simultaneous Oct. 1 shutdown of the federal government and launch of the health insurance exchange portion of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) have become inextricably linked in the current partisan showdown in Washington.
In recent days, two separate, but related conversations have taken place on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about the ACA, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown.
Opinions about the shutdown in the run-up to the deadline were dominated by those opposed to it and who largely blamed Republicans. But there was more conversation on Twitter about the ACA than the shutdown in those three days, and views there were driven by opponents of the program and were largely critical of the president.
The Greek government is preparing to try several lawmakers representing the Golden Dawn, a nationalist and anti-immigrant party that the government describes as “neo-Nazi.” The upcoming trial is related to the fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist rap musician on Sept. 18, by a Golden Dawn sympathizer.
Golden Dawn, a far right wing party whose motto is “Greece belongs to Greeks,” has gained popularity at a time when the nation has been struggling with high unemployment as a result of the financial crisis and strict austerity measures imposed by the government. In the June 2012 Greek national elections, Golden Dawn gained 6.9% of the popular vote, entering the parliament for the first time with 18 seats.
Since the party gained the seats, the government alleges that the group has also been involved in attacking and intimidating immigrants, whose presence has increased in recent years. Read More →
The question of how many Jewish Americans there are does not have a simple answer. That’s because the number of Jews in the U.S. depends on how one defines a Jew, as explained in the Pew Research Center’s major new survey of Jewish Americans.
There are about 4.2 million American adults who say they are Jewish by religion, representing 1.8% of the U.S. adult population. But there are roughly 5.3 million Jews (2.2% of the adult population) if the total also includes “Jews of no religion,” a group of people who say they are atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” when asked about their religion but who were raised Jewish or have a Jewish parent and who still consider themselves Jewish aside from religion. This is the net Jewish population as defined by the Pew Research report.
When it’s not delivering the mail, fighting battles overseas or providing fodder for late-night comics, the federal government is a prodigious collector, analyzer and disseminator of data. And for economic analysts, social scientists and other researchers who’ve come to rely on federal data, the government shutdown will slow the flow of facts and figures to, if not a trickle, at least a rivulet. (The first major data casualty was the Census Bureau’s monthly report on construction spending, which was supposed to come out Tuesday.)
Here’s a by-no-means comprehensive look at the shutdown’s data victims, compiled from agency release schedules and third-party calendars. Tell us how the shutdown is affecting your data needs in the Comments section below, or on Twitter at @FactTank. And bear in mind that even if the shutdown ends after just a few days, data releases likely will be delayed. Read More →
About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions
Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.
As Republicans and Democrats traded blame for the impasse that led to this week’s government shutdown, President Obama said during a Rose Garden appearance Tuesday that he would not give in to demands by “one faction, of one party, of one house of Congress in one branch of government.” He was referring to the conservative GOP faction that won’t accept a budget deal without rollbacks of the health care law. Read More →
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Topics: Federal Government
Health insurance marketplaces, a pillar of the Affordable Care Act, open today, allowing millions of Americans to compare and apply for insurance plans through their state or the federal government. Information about how the exchanges work and how to apply is available online, by mail, or in person. Many of the organizations tasked with getting the word out to the public hope the health exchange web sites will drive access and enrollment.
How effective will the internet be for this job? Results from a mid-2012 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project show that 21% of the uninsured are not internet users themselves. The poll showed that, overall, 18% of American adults are uninsured, a figure that is in line with other surveys done at the Pew Research Center and other organizations.
While those who already have health insurance are urged to explore getting a new plan in the exchanges, most proponents say signing up the uninsured is a priority. Some of the groups most likely to not have health insurance are the same as those groups most likely to not be online. This includes Hispanics, those who have not attended college, and those living in lower-income households. Read More →
What does it mean to be Jewish? There are few more fundamental and difficult questions for Jews — indeed, figuring out one’s place within Judaism’s 3,000+ years of tradition, 620 commandments (plus a library’s worth of commentary), worldwide diaspora and multiple religious movements is itself key to many Jews’ self-identity.
Jews tend to be less religious than the U.S. public as a whole, with fewer saying they attend religious services weekly, believe in God with absolute certainty, or that religion is very important in their lives. The Pew Research Center’s landmark new survey of American Jews found that overall, about six-in-ten (62%) say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and/or culture, while just 15% say it’s mainly a matter of religion. (The rest cited some combination of religion, ancestry and/or culture.) Read More →
Topics: Jews and Judaism
The estimated cost of the two federal government shutdowns in fiscal 1996 was more than $1.4 billion ($2.1 billion in today’s dollars).
You might assume that a shutdown of the federal government, which started to take effect Tuesday, would at least save taxpayers some money, even if it meant they couldn’t visit the National Zoo or get someone from the Small Business Administration on the phone. But you’d be wrong, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
The OMB, in a 1996 letter cited in a recent Congressional Research Service report, estimated the cost of the two government shutdowns in late 1995 and early 1996 (26 full days in total) at “over $1.4 billion.” Adjusted for inflation, that’s $2.1 billion in current dollars.
Much of that sum, wrote University of Maryland-Baltimore County political science professor Roy Meyers in 1997, was for back pay granted to furloughed federal workers — in other words, “what the government paid for the outputs it largely did not get on time.” It’s unknown whether federal workers would get any back pay after the government reopened for business this time around.
But, Meyers continued, simply looking at salaries and other input costs may understate a shutdown’s real impact: “Was the cost to the economy [of delayed economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis] only the salaries and expenses of collecting this data, or was it greater? Did delayed IRS revenue collections cost more than the bill for paying auditors for taking a long Christmas break? What were the costs to those citizens who had to delay their enrollment for benefits, or to those who changed vacation plans due to closed national parks or unavailable passports?”
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About half of all Americans (52%) believe that same-sex marriage should be legal in all states while 43% are opposed, according to a recent survey by the Gallup Organization.
But a new study suggests that opposition to same-sex marriage may be understated in public opinion polls. Using pre-election polling data in states that have voted on same-sex marriage measures, political scientist Richard J. Powell found that pre-election surveys consistently underestimated opposition to these laws by 5 to 7 percentage points.
Blame “social desirability” bias—the tendency of people to give what they believe is the socially acceptable view rather than disclose their true feelings about sensitive topics, wrote Powell in an article to be published in the journal American Politics Research. Read More →
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