Can Democrats Count on Jewish Voters This Year?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

For decades, Jewish voters were reliable members of the Democratic New Deal Coalition that coalesced around President Franklin Roosevelt and continues to define the political landscape. But a new survey suggests that American Jews, despite their longstanding allegiance to Democrats, are not immune to disappointment in President Obama. And Republicans are hoping to capitalize on the trend in the upcoming midterm elections.


Jews still vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, but over the last generation, Republicans have chipped away at that support. The GOP has gone from getting 11 percent, when the first President Bush ran for reelection in 1992, to 22 percent, when John McCain took on Barak Obama. 

And now, a recent survey of American Jewish Opinion finds that support for President Obama is slipping — from 78 percent in 2008 to 51 percent with a month to go before the mid-term elections. That's more support for Obama than in the general population, where his approval rating averages around 45 percent support, but these shifts in Jewish opinion could make a difference in tight Congressional races.


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John Huerta from Warren,Arkansas

The Democrats Have Counted on Jewish Voters for Decades,Now it Seems The Republicans Have taken Their Votes For Granted,It's Been a God Thing For Both Political Parties to rely on Them.

Oct. 18 2010 05:22 PM

The above commenter is a fool, if jews aren't happy with Obama then it has to be Israel?! Given healthcare (a lot of jewish doctors and business owners), and Wall Street where he is always asking for money while bashing them in public, and like anyone they may not be happy about the debt. His view is vaguely antisemtic; and no I am not jewish.

Oct. 16 2010 05:01 PM
buzzword from canada

So, what does that tell the American populace as to where the Jewish allegiance lies.?
It does not appear that they have American interests at heart . It is quite obvious because all Obama has done is that he has attempted to push some kind of a dialogue to end the stalemate of the peace process, if one could call it that.
If the Jewish support for him is dwindling then it suggests that no Jew wants to have any future peace in Israel and indeed, in that region.
Really sad and moronic.

Oct. 14 2010 01:39 AM

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