Is there a *political* schism between former Soviet Jews and other Jews in the US?

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I want to be as neutral as possible, but since both topics (Jews and politics) are historically inflamatory, I'll caveat that if anyone disagrees, I would welcome constructive suggestions on how to edit the question.

My premises are as following:

  1. Jews are very active in politics in the United States and specifically in the Democratic Party politics. In fact, they are so active in the Democratic Party politics, that the common understanding in the United States is that most of jewish voters always vote for Democrats.

  2. Former Soviet Jews who came to the United States as refugees may have a natural inclination against left-leaning ideas (because they escaped a far-left regime).

As (albeit anecdotal) evidence for the 2nd premise, I would turn to the personal history of the author of the most widely-read conservative advocacy novel "Atlas Shrugged". Regardless of one's own political persuation, it's very clear that the novel's villains are leftists and its heroes are conservatives. The author of Atlas Shrugged was a former Soviet jew who, having escaped the Soviet Union in 1919, was probably one of the 1st jewish refugees from the Soviet Union.

In my personal experience, the Jews who escaped the Soviet Union have been much more Republican-leaning than Democrat-leaning. But that is also anecdotal.

Having setup the context, I'd like to get to my actual question:

There was a significant immigration wave of Jewish refugees who came to the United States around the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a result of this, these refugees represent a large percentage of the Jews living in the United States.

Are there any scientific demographic studies of political differences between political views of Jews who immigrated from the USSR to the United States and political views of other Jews living in the United States?

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