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Jewish Support for Obama Dropped, Just Not Far Enough

According to the RJC, there was an increase by nearly 50% of the number of Jews choosing the Republican candidate to run this country.

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In a series of exit polls conducted during Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the Republican Jewish Coalition found that Jewish support for the President dropped from 78% in 2008 to 69%.

Matt Brooks, the executive director of the RJC said, “The results demonstrate that President Barack Obama and the Democrats saw a significant erosion of support from 2008, while Republicans continued their trend of the last several decades of making inroads in the Jewish community.”

According to the RJC, there was an increase by nearly 50% of the number of Jews choosing the Republican candidate to run this country.  The percentage of Jews voting Republican jumped from 22% to 32% nationally.  This ten-point gain is the largest leap from the Democratic party by Jews since 1972.

In a call today to members of the media, former White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer pointed out that while the percentage of young and of Blacks voting for Obama dropped by three or four percentage points, the 10 % drop amongst Jewish voters is conspicuously large.

The survey, a national sample of 1000 Jewish voters, as well as a 600-person sample of Jewish voters in Ohio and a 600-person sample of Florida Jewish voters.

“The RJC is encouraged by the gains we made in 2012 and by the continuing movement in the Jewish community toward the GOP. Despite the discouraging election results, we’re pleased by the gains we have made in the Jewish community,” said Matt Brooks.

Of the 1000 voters in the national poll, 48.9 % said they are Reform Jews, and only 11.9 % are Orthodox, while about 20 % said they attend synagogue at least once every week.  Almost 14 % said they never attend synagogue, even for the high holidays.
For 21.5% of those polled, a full 21.5 % said that Israel is of no importance to them, while 76.5% said they consider Israel to be either very or somewhat important.
Only respondents who said they were Jewish were included in the poll results.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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112 Responses to “Jewish Support for Obama Dropped, Just Not Far Enough”

  1. Sure. It's not like he requested $3,000,000, the most in security assistance for Israel of any President.

  2. KAren- You are delusional. 'nuff said.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    " Christians do not believe in abortions or same sex marriages"

    Actually there are some Christian groups that don't have a problem with same sex marriages, and lots of Christian groups that don't have a problem with abortion. And these are not marginal groups but the Churches that are among the oldest in America.

    " he doesn't come to the aid of Israel"

    Actually US-Israel military cooperation is at the highest level in history.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    Diane L. Logan "the government CANNOT prevent the free expression of a religion nor can it establish one itself "

    Uh, that is precisely the definition of separation of church and state.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    Ira L. Jacobson "abortion is highly against Torah law except in very special cases"

    There are a lot of those "very special cases".

  6. Myriam Obadia says:

    Diane, I tend to think Jefferson -as one of those who signed the US Constitution- knew a little more what it meant to say than you do

  7. Myriam Obadia says:

    yep, they include the one in which a breast feeding mother is to abort if she gets pregnant, so as not to deprive the older child of her milk. That one is in the torah and has been extended in the Talmud commentaries as meaning that -if a new child would interfere in anyway with the care a woman gives her family- abortion is recommended. Remark: it says recommended not tolerated.

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