National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 1971

Sponsor(s): Council of Jewish Federations (CJF)

Principal Investigator(s): Fred Massarik, Bernard Lazerwitz, Morris Axelrod

Study Dates: 1970-1972

Sample:

National Adult Jewish Households in the United States

Sample Size: 5790

Sample Notes:

It is estimated that there were 5,800,000 persons (of whom 5,370,000 were Jews) living in Jewish households. Another 50,000 Jews lived in institutions. Regionally, 64% lived in the East, 17% in the Central, 8% in the South, and 11% in the West. Average household size for all persons in Jewish households was 2.98. Average number of Jewish persons in Jewish households was 2.84. The sampling universe included Jewish households located throughout the United States. A ?yes? reply to at least one of four questions for at least one household adult qualified the household as Jewish. The four screening questions were: 1. Was person born Jewish?, 2. Is person Jewish now?, 3. Was person?s father born Jewish?, 4. Was person?s mother born Jewish? Data were collected through in-home personal interviews. The sampling strategy consisted of using lists of Jews living outside the New York City metropolitan area, which were supplemented by an area probability sample of Jews not on such local lists, together with an area probability sample of Jews in the New York metropolitan area. In total, interviews were conducted in 39 primary sampling units with at least moderate size Jewish populations and in 14 counties, which were selected to represent the 'no known Jewish population' stratum. Jewish federations provided lists of Jewish housing units. Area probability samples were selected from housing units not on federation lists. Thus, the sample included communities of all sizes and in all parts of the United States. Over 2,950 Jews were interviewed from lists and about 2,800 Jews were identified through an area probability sample. Average interview length was 90 minutes.

Study Notes: Weighting procedures were used so that the list interviews and the area probability interviews were combined at the same overall sampling fraction.

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Survey Reports

» Facts for Planning Report
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» Jewish Aging
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» Demographic Highlights
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» Jewish Education
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» Intermarriage
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» Summary article from the American Jewish Yearbook
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» Jewish Community Services
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» Jewish Identity
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» Mobility
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» National and Regional Population Counts
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Documentation, Questionnaires and Frequencies

» Codebook, Part 2
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» Codebook, Part 3
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» Codebook, Part 4
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» Questionnaire
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» Codebook, Part 1
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Data Files and Data Definitions

» Zipped SPSS Data File
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Other Documentation

» Methodology
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» File Structure Notes
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» Interview Cards
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