, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 213-214
Date: 30 Oct 2012

Editor’s Introduction

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Once again, I am eager to present our latest issue of Contemporary Jewry, volume 32, number 3, whose contents appear already on Online First™ but are now available in our hard copy journal, the last of the 2012 year. We begin the issue with an article that could not be timelier, on this the eve of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Herbert F. Weisberg traces the figures for Jewish voting in American presidential elections. While Jews have been known for voting in recent years overwhelmingly for the Democrat and as a largely liberal voting bloc, this article offers a historical survey and overview to allow our readers to learn if indeed, as some have argued, the Jewish vote has, in the last one hundred years, been in a process of realignment. This complex and smart analysis makes creative use of the data, even as the means of determining how Jews cast their ballots were changing, looking both at voting behavior in the days when there was no exit polling and after it became normative. ...