1981-82 AJC National Survey of American Jews

Sponsor(s): American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Principal Investigator(s): Steven M. Cohen

Study Dates: 1981-1982

Key Findings:

National survey of American Jews conducted by Steven M. Cohen for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) utilized a national sample of DJNs (distinctive Jewish names) to provide information on American Jews. 

"To fill the need for current information on the country's Jewish population, the American Jewish Committee recently sponsored a study using an experimental, low-cost sampling technique to survey a representative group of American Jews. In the fall of 1981, a six-page questionnaire was mailed to approximately 1,700 people having about a dozen Distinctive Jewish Names (such as Cohen, Kaplan, Levine, etc.) who were listed in the telephone directories of over 40 communities of all sizes throughout the continental United States." (See footnote 1 for details on geographic coverage.)

Report by Steven M. Cohen was published in the 1983 American Jewish Year Book.  Report summarized data on American Jews from the returned mail questionnaires, including detailed analyses by age and other demographic variables, with a focus on Jewish identity,  Jewish connections issues, Zionism and Israel.

Please see also the 1983 AJC National Survey of American Jews for data from a similar period, as well as the recent 2017 AJC Annual Survey of American Jewish Public Opinion.

Sample:

DJN (distinctive Jewish name)-based surveys conducted by AB Data Corporation.

Initial sample of 1,700 names drawn to be representative of American Jewish Year Book geographic estimates. Survey responses received from approximately half of the 1,400 deliverable questionnaires.  

Mail questionnaires (with additional mailings) completed by respondents between Fall, 1981 and February, 1982.  Report discusses biases implicit in the sampling of DJNs and in the use of a mail questionnaire.

Sample Size: Approximately 700

Sample Notes:

Comparisons on sample demographics made to the 1981 New York Jewish Population Study and the 1975 Boston study (see Table 1).

Study Notes:

Please see also the 1983 AJC National Survey of American Jews for data from a similar period, as well as the recent 2017 AJC Annual Survey of American Jewish Public Opinion.

Language: English


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