Jews have for a long time been primarly identified with the Democratic party. In recent times there has been a trend among Jewish voters to support the Republican party in larger numbers than they had in the past.
Jewish Republicans are sometimes associated with The Republican Jewish Coalition, which was founded in 1985, and is the sole voice of Jewish Republicans to Republican decision makers and the Jewish community. The recent growth of Jewish Republicans can be seen in how in 1992 only 11% of Jews voted Republican, in 1996 16% of Jews voted Republican, in 2000 19% of Jews voted Republican, and how in 2004 the percent of Jews who voted Republican was 25%, more than twice as much as it had been in 1992.
Reasons for shifting to Republican ideology
- The Republican Party has demonstrated that it not only has become the “pro-Israel party,” but it is committed to building and expanding its support in the Jewish community.
- Demographic trends are favorable to the Republicans – younger Jewish voters are more inclined to vote Republican. In fact, preliminary results indicate that 32% of Jews ages 18-49 supported Bush. In addition, the foundation of the traditional Democratic Jewish base, senior citizens, is shrinking in numbers.
- The Jewish community, according to several analyses, is becoming more religious. The Orthodox community, which represents a solid base of support for Republicans among Jews, is becoming larger within the Jewish community.
List of Jewish Conservatives
- David Horowitz, also known to be a former Marxist.
- Irving Kristol, earlier in life he was a liberal, signifigant in the development of neoconservativism.
- Michael Medved, former liberal and secular Jew, he is now a practicing Jew.
- Dennis Prager, former liberal.
- Michael Savage, former liberal.
- David Zucker, former liberal.