The Punk is losing the support of Jewish Americans, a group that comprises only 2.2% of the U.S. population but dominates professional groups and, as a result, wields power disproportionate to their numbers.
As a group, Jewish Americans have consistently been and remain primarily Democratic in their party affiliation. In the four presidential elections between 1992 and 2008, Jewish American votes for the Democratic presidential nominee averaged 79%. In 2008, the Jewish vote was Obama 78%, McCain 21%, Other 1%.
McLaughlin & Associates conducted a national survey of Jewish voters on April 7-8. The most significant finding is that 46% now say they would NOT vote for Obama again, nevertheless 42% still say they would! Here are the findings:
A plurality of Jewish voters would consider someone else for President. According to the 2008 exit polls, Obama won 78% to 81% among Jewish voters. Now, in the second year of Obama’s presidency, only 42% of voters would re-elect him, while the plurality (46%) would consider voting for someone else.
- A significant portion of Jewish voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of relations with Israel. 39% (nearly 4 in 10) Jewish voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing handling America’s relations with Israel. This is especially significant for a group of voters who are 59% Democratic and only 16% Republican.
- Jewish voters do not support Obama’s plan to recognize a Palestinian state. The majority (52%) disapproves of the Obama administration supporting a plan to recognize a Palestinian state within 2 years. 6 in 10 Jewish voters (62%) say Palestinians would continue their campaign of terror to destroy Israel if they were given a Palestinian state, while only 19% say they would live peacefully with Israel. More than 7 in 10 Jewish voters (73%) say Israel is right to insist upon the Palestinians accepting Israel’s right to exist before there are any negotiations about a Palestinian state.
McLaughlin & Associates conducted a national survey of 600 likely Jewish voters on April 7 & 8, 2010. All interviews were conducted via telephone by professional interviewers. Respondents were randomly selected within predetermined geographic units structured to correlate with actual voter turnout. The survey of 600 likely Jewish voters has an accuracy of +/- 4.0% at a 95% confidence interval.
To read more about the National Jewish Voter results, please click here.
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