October 9th, 2013

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Poll about Jewish mothers

I realize that who's a Jew is a vexed question. For purposes of this discussion, anyone who identifies strongly as a Jew counts. This discussion might mostly be about Ashkenazi Jews (eastern European descent)-- if that affects your answer, please comment.

And comments are also welcome if your situation was too complex for this poll to do it justice.

If you take some version of this poll to another venue, could you let me know? I'm interested in having a larger sample base.

Poll #1937991 Jewish mothers and

If your mother was Jewish, did she use guilt as a major motivator?

Yes
3(10.3%)
No
12(41.4%)
I want to complain about this poll
0(0.0%)
I just want to see the results
14(48.3%)

If your mother was not Jewish, did she use guilt as a major motivator?

Yes
10(35.7%)
No
9(32.1%)
I want to complain about this poll
1(3.6%)
I just want to see the results
8(28.6%)

Of the Jewish mothers you've known well, what proportion used guilt as a major motivator

None, or almost none
10(34.5%)
About a quarter
3(10.3%)
About half
7(24.1%)
About three quarters
0(0.0%)
Approximately all of them
3(10.3%)
I want to complain about this poll
6(20.7%)

Of the non-Jewish mothers you've known well, what proportion used guilt as a major motivator

None, or almost none
7(23.3%)
About a quarter
10(33.3%)
About half
6(20.0%)
About thee quarters
1(3.3%)
Approximately all of them
3(10.0%)
I want to complain about this poll
3(10.0%)
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Second thought about the "Jewish mother" poll

I'm wondering whether I've got the basic factor (uses guilt as a major motivator) quite right. It's plausible that the real distinguishing trait is "uses guilt about hurting her feelings" is more exact.

If so, is it worth redoing the poll?

Minor note: Garrison Keillor's excruciating family skits have a mother who's presumably Scandinavian background/Lutheran who does the same thing.

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