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  •  The Orthodox population is growing (11+ / 0-)

    The non-Orthodox is stagnant or maybe lessening slightly, as younger people may be identifying their religion as "religiously unaffiliated."  The Orthodox oppose birth control and tend to have lots of babies, who grow up.  In 2008 the only four precincts in Baltimore City that voted for McCain were the four largely Orthodox precincts adjacent to mine, and I wouldn't think that would have changed this election.  And of course, as their kids turn 18, if they remain Orthodox, they are almost certain to vote Republican as their parents.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:33:52 PM PST

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    •  I think it depends on how Orthodox they are. (5+ / 0-)

      I agree that the more Orthodox tend to be more conservative in general. But there are plenty of "modern" Orthodox who are liberal. The owner of our local yarn store is pretty religious -- she used to teach at the Jewish Day School, she keeps kosher and she strictly observes the Sabbath. I made a crack about the Republicans when I was in her store and then immediately thought it probably wasn't a good idea. However, she was entirely in agreement and was a huge Obama supporter.

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:49:20 PM PST

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      •  In my modern Orthodox community (5+ / 0-)

        near Philadelphia, the vote was 80% or likely more ~ could have hit 90% ~ for Romney. Even some people who voted Democratic in state races voted Romney at the top of the ticket, from what they said. However, controlling for income as well as religion, that result doesn't seem to be too surprising....Taxes, Israel, and latent (and sometimes not so latent.....argh!) racism seem to be the big drivers, from what I can see ~ many (too many, in my opinion) have bought the idea that Republicans are better not only for Israel but for Jews in this country :-(

        There's a reason I keep my Facebook postings free of politics ;-)

        The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

        by mayim on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:00:34 PM PST

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    •  Sad but true (1+ / 0-)
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      I went to a Jewish high school and I know a decent chunk of my classmates were or are now Republicans, unfortunately. Most of them are Orthodox, although younger Jews in general identify as less Democratic than our parents' or grandparents' generations.

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