Jewish Voters Sticking with Obama

On the heels of an AJC survey suggesting that American Jews may be cooling towards President Obama, Gallup releases its own numbers suggesting that just isn't the case.

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.

Tags: 2010, Barack Obama, Jewish Voters (all tags)



I would wager

that a significant percentage of Jews who say they don't approve of Obama's performance as president are unhappy that he hasn't been more progressive/done enough to reverse the Bush legacy.

Republicans would be unwise to believe that large numbers of Jewish voters will desert Obama in 2012.

by desmoinesdem 2009-10-03 05:49PM | 0 recs

but generally, the disapproval number from the left has been small, single digit numbers.

My guess is a signifcant portion of that 1/3 is of the older rabidly pro-Israel type...which is really the reason Jews were one of the groups Obama couldn't build on Kerry in support.

I'm noticing a serious rift developing in the Jewish community...being in Brooklyn, it's something you see...between those who feel they're losing control of Israel to an extreme right wing suicidal government vs. those who feel they must continue to support Israel, even if they don't agree with their actions. The former will NEVER vote a Republican back into power, EVER. The latter might, but would tend to favor a pro-Israel Democrat, a Lieberman-type, because of their support for other progressives causes.

by DTOzone 2009-10-03 06:07PM | 0 recs
A Tradition of Social Justice

Jewish culture in the U.S. has a strong tradition of social justice, rooted in rabbinical prophetic teaching, and in a history of being a marginalized people. So this finding is not surprising.

by cmpnwtr 2009-10-03 05:57PM | 0 recs
It was a neocon wet dream:

Somehow American Jews would ignore their heritage and teachings of altriuism and social justice and debase themselves to vile, lizard-brained war and hate mongers. Some may have, but not enough to matter.

I am a Jew and an American first. I see Israel hijacked by right wing extremists who are as much Jews as the right is Christian. I support President Obama, not Israel.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-10-03 07:48PM | 0 recs
Brooklyn's most Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods

swung heavily Republican after 9/11 and remain that way. They went overwhelmingly for McCain.

But they're not even a majority of New York's Jewish population. In Long Island, for example, the Jews are the largest Democratic demographic.

by DTOzone 2009-10-03 07:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Jewish Voters Sticking with Obama

Sorry to rain upon one's parade, but Jewish people are also leading sources of neoliberalism and neoconservatism, of "liberalism scurrying rightward."  As well, vast income disparities and ruthless exploitation of people, including their own, can exist amongst Jewish people as much as it can exist amongst any body of people.

by demjim 2009-10-05 06:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Hmmmm

That sounds familiar. Where have I heard that before??

by QTG 2009-10-05 04:26PM | 0 recs


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