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Jewish Americans in 2020 (Household)




Alper, B. A., & Cooperman, A. (2023, June 26). Jewish Americans in 2020 (Household).


What does it mean to be Jewish in America? A new Pew Research Center survey finds that many Jewish Americans participate, at least occasionally, both in some traditional religious practices - like going to a synagogue or fasting on Yom Kippur - and in some Jewish cultural activities, like making potato latkes, watching Israeli movies, or reading Jewish news online. Among young Jewish adults, however, two sharply divergent expressions of Jewishness appear to be gaining ground - one involving religion deeply enmeshed in every aspect of life, and the other involving little or no religion at all. This file contains household data and is one of three files. The other files contain extended data and screening data.

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Data File

Cases: 13526
Variables: 117

HHWEIGHT is the full sample weight for all of the adults who completed the household survey. Complete information on weight construction is available in the methodological appendix of the complete report.

Data Collection

Nov. 19, 2019 to June 3, 2020

Original Survey (Instrument)

Jewish Americans in 2020 (Household)

Funded By

The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Neubauer Family Foundation

Collection Procedures

The survey was administered in two stages. In the first stage, a short screening survey was administered to a national sample of U.S. adults to collect basic demographics and to determine a respondent's eligibility for the extended survey of Jewish Americans. Screener respondents were considered eligible if they met any of the following three conditions: (1) they identified as Jewish when asked about their religious identity, (2) they did not identify as Jewish by religion, but said that they consider themselves to be Jewish in any other way, such as ethnically, culturally, or because of their family's background, or (3) they did not identify as Jewish at all, but indicated that they were raised in the Jewish tradition or had a Jewish parent. For more methodological information, please refer to the complete report.

Sampling Procedures

The data here are drawn from a national cross-sectional, address-based sampling (ABS) survey conducted for Pew Research Center by Westat. The survey was fielded Nov. 19, 2019, through June 3, 2020. Self-administered screening interviews were conducted with a total of 68,398 U.S. adults either online or by mail (see PUSJS2020), resulting in 4,718 interviews with Jewish adults, the primary subject of this collection. Of the 4,718 Jewish adults, 3,836 consider themselves Jewish by religion and 882 consider themselves Jewish, but not by religion. Another 1,163 interviews were conducted with adults who are not Jewish, but have a Jewish background or other Jewish affinity. After Pew Research Center and Westat accounted for the complex sample design and loss of precision due to weighting, the margin of sampling error for the 4,718 net Jewish respondents was plus or minus 3.0 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. Complete details on how the sample was constructed are available in the methodological appendix of the complete report.

Principal Investigators

Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher
Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research

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