The Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, which does demographic analyses of the intersection between religion and public affairs, conducted a survey of 35,000 Americans recently; unsurprisingly, it’s evident that Jewish Americans are different from other Americans in several ways, but they are most similar to Hindus in education and earning potential. Jews represent about 1.7% of adults in America, although they could also be hiding away in the ‘unaffiliated’ category.
In education, Hindus, who comprise 0.4% of the American population, are ahead of Jews for having college degrees, but amongst Jews, 24% have college degrees and 35% of those have some post-graduate education. Those figures are 26% and 48% for Hindus. 46% of Jews earn over $100,000 per year compared to 18% of Americans.
The survey also finds that Jews are much more accepting of homosexuality compared to the American population at large and that they seldom read scripture outside of synagogue.
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