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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Who We Are (2/12)
Section - Question 2.1: Who reads the soc.culture.jewish newsgroups?

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   Qualitatively? We have men and women who have outstanding Jewish
   educations, and who are willing to take the time to share their
   knowledge. We have serious non-observant Jews seeking deeper Jewish
   roots. We have Jews still trying to see exactly where they fit it,
   Jews who are struggling, and learning, and actively improving
   themselves. Some reply carefully and kindly; others use their wits
   like scalpels, cutting away at the first sign of nonsense. We have
   talented writers, whose prose is often poetic. Counted among us are
   Hassidic Jews, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and
   miscellaneous Jews. We've got atheists and secularists, Hebraists and
   Yiddishists. And we are all learning from one another and teaching one
   another.
   
   Quantitatively? This is difficult to answer. When Usenet was smaller,
   surveys were done of the newsgroup to try to determine the
   denominational breakdown of the readership. This survey involved
   regular postings to the newsgroup, together with periodic mail sent to
   newsgroup participants. Nowadays, some of the approaches taken in
   conducting the survey (i.e., the sending of notes to newsgroup readers
   unsolicited) would be considered to be spam. So a survey hasn't been
   done recently. Note: If you are interested in conducting one, please
   contact the FAQ maintainer <[5]maintainer@scjfaq.org>, and he will be
   glad to provide you with the scripts and ideas from the last survey.
   
   What did the last survey say? First, note that it only applied to
   S.C.J, and was last conducted in 1995, well over 5 years ago. There
   were just under 332 respondants (or approximately 1% of the readership
   at that time). This survey showed the following breakdowns:
                                  1995     1993       1991       1989
    JC [Conservative        ]:   30.12%   22.06%     28.98%     37.12%
    JO [Orthodox            ]:   27.11%   31.62%     36.33%     29.55%
    JL [Liberal/Reform      ]:   13.86%   12.87%     10.20%     11.36%
    JS [Secular/Humanistic  ]:    5.72%    5.15%      3.67%      2.27%
    JR [Reconstructionist   ]:    5.42%    2.21%      1.63%      1.52%
    JU [Unspecified Jewish  ]:    4.22%    4.78%      2.86%      N/A
    JN [Non-Affiliated      ]:    3.01%    4.04%      2.45%      0.76%
    AA [Agnostic or Atheist ]:    3.01%    2.94%      0.82%      6.06%
    OT [Other               ]:    2.41%    3.68%      4.49%      0.76%
    JT [Traditional         ]:    1.51%    3.68%      N/A        N/A
    CF [Christian Fndmntlist]:    0.90%    1.47%      3.67%      N/A
    CM [Christian Mainstream]:    0.60%    0.74%      2.04%      N/A
    CC [Catholic            ]:    0.30%    1.84%      1.22%      N/A
    CO [Christian Other     ]:    0.30%    1.47%      1.22%      N/A
    HI [Hindu               ]:    0.00%    0.37%      N/A        N/A

Gross Breakdown:
    J [Jewish          ]:        91.87%   86.40%     86.12%     82.58%
    A [Atheist/Agnostic]:         3.01%    2.94%      0.82%      6.06%
    O [Other           ]:         2.41%    3.68%      4.49%      0.76%
    C [Christian       ]:         2.11%    5.51%      8.16%      N/A
    H [Hindu           ]:         0.00%    0.37%      N/A        N/A

   It is interesting to contrast these numbers with the results mentioned
   in [6]Question 2.21.

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