Jewish Voters Sticking with Obama
by Jonathan Singer, Sat Oct 03, 2009 at 05:44:40 PM EDT
Two-thirds of white Jews (66%) approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 44% of whites nationwide, 45% of white Catholics, and 37% of white Protestants. (The "Protestant" category includes both those who identify themselves as Protestants, and those who identify themselves as Christians but not Catholics.)
The higher level of Jewish approval of Obama compared to approval from those of other religions conforms with the much greater Democratic orientation of Jews, politically. Two-thirds of Jews overall identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, a much greater proportion than Gallup finds for any other religious group.
Overall, Barack Obama's approval rating among Jewish voters stands at 64 percent -- down from a high of 83 percent around the time of the inauguration, but still a robust number. What's more, considering that polling of American Jews tends to dramatically underestimate Jewish voters' support for Democratic candidates -- it has happened consistently in recent elections even as Democrats have performed astonishingly well among the community over the past several decades (most recently with John Kerry winning 78 percent (.pdf) of the two-party Jewish vote in 2004, Democratic House candidates winning 87 percent of the Jewish vote in 2006, and Barack Obama carrying 78 percent of Jewish voters in 2008) -- the fact that President Obama still earns the support of close to two-thirds of American Jews is quite impressive.