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Chaldeans Measured for Political Leanings
By Britney Hermiz :: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 :: 60467 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Government & Society

California, USA – The results are in for the www.CHALDEAN.org voter knowledge survey.  The survey was created to register Chaldean voter knowledge of the presidential campaign and extrapolate which presidential candidate would best address the needs of Chaldeans. 

Dr. James Brothman, psychometric expert and president of Brothman Research, created the survey for www.CHALDEAN.org.  A psychometric survey is a more sophisticated method than the traditional polls that ask respondents who they plan to vote for in the election.  The scientific survey reveals that not every issue carries the same weight of importance to a voter, nor does every voter prioritize the issues in the same way.   

“We create a scientific survey that captures issue concerns and matches the concern to the candidate that would best meet the respondents need.  We do not ask who they are voting for or why.  Instead we apply a reverse engineering process that filters out emotions.  We ask what issues are important to you and how important are those issues to you.  Based on the information we receive are able to determine who the respondents would vote for if they are truly voting on issues only.  The difference between the survey results and the actual voting results tells us how much campaign marketing influenced the vote.”     

Based on Dr. Brothman’s research of Chaldean voter respondents, 88% of the Chaldean community should vote for McCain / Palin if they are driven by the issues important to them.

Dr. Brothman also reveals the leading issues important to Chaldeans this election.

Based on Brothman’s report, Chaldeans tend to identify issues that are important to the country or group as a whole rather than their self interest.  “In general Chaldeans are concerned about fairness, security, morality, and opportunity.  This translates into issue concerns of abortion and marriage, war, personal responsibility, and independence.”

The report goes on to explain that self-interest or selfish voters tend to vote for issues that impact them personally.  Issues like welfare, subsidies, government control, and authoritative dependency.

In commenting on the cultural psyche of the Chaldean community, Dr. Brothman says, “Chaldeans are the quintessential ‘pull yourself up by the boot-strap’ community.  The psychology is that Chaldeans want a fair opportunity.  As a group, the Chaldean community tends to dislike special treatment, hand-outs, or having to rely on the government.”

Dr. Brothman hypothesizes that the Chaldean history of achievements, persecution, and independence has molded a culture of success, independence, and competition.  Being close to the Chaldean community Dr. Brothman says that, “Chaldeans embrace personal responsibility, competitiveness, and success.  Anyone close to the community can anecdotally observe the  hyper-competitiveness of Chaldeans.  This leads to a desire of fairness and opportunity.  The community’s enthusiasm to succeed is a reflex of the persecution they have endured for centuries.  It is like shaking a soda and then popping the cap.  Chaldeans are bursting to succeed.”

Of the nearly 160 survey respondents, one was chosen to receive a $100 gift certificate to Olive Garden.  The winner was Amanda Kirma of Spring Valley, California.  Mrs. Kirma will have two weeks to claim her prize by validating the gift certificate on www.CHALDEAN.org’s gift certificate page. 

www.CHALDEAN.org has released another community psychometric survey on the Perfect Spouse.  Readers are encouraged to take the survey and share their insights and perceptions of what makes a perfect spouse. 

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.