Poll: Majority of U.S. Jews Still Support Obama (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/04/12)
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Despite his rocky relationship with Israel and with Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, a survey released Tuesday finds that American
Jews still favor President Barack Obama for re-election.
The survey, conducted among 1,004 American Jews by the Washington-
based Public Religion Research Institute, found that Obama has the
same level of support, 62 percent, among American Jewish voters as
during a comparable point in the 2008 race.
Three-in-ten Jewish voters said they prefer a Republican candidate
over the incumbent president. Of those who supported Obama in 2008,
an overwhelming majority say they would like to see him re-elected,
86 percent, while seven percent of Jewish voters who supported him in
2008 say they instead would support a Republican candidate in 2012.
Jewish voters who supported John McCain in 2008 demonstrate similar
loyalty in their voting preferences, the survey found, with 92
percent reporting that they would prefer it if a Republican candidate
won the election.
The survey also found that Israel is relatively low on the list of
voting priorities for American Jewish voters. Only four percent of
respondents said that Israel was the issue that would be most
important to their vote. Instead, Jewish voters’ top priorities
center around economic issues such as the economy (51 percent), the
growing gap between the rich and the poor (15 percent), and health
care and the federal deficit (10 percent).
The survey also found that by a margin of more than 2-to-1, American
Jews say good diplomacy rather than military strength is the best way
to ensure peace (63 percent vs. 25 percent, respectively).
However, in the case of Iran, if diplomacy and other deterrents fail,
most American Jews say they would support military action. Nearly six-
in-ten (59 percent) agreed that the U.S. should take military action
to prevent Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon if economic
sanctions are unable to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program, compared
to 37 percent who disagreed.
The 2012 Jewish Values Survey was conducted by Public Religion
Research Institute among a random sample of 1,004 self-identified
Jewish adults (ages 18 and older) who are part of the Knowledge
Networks’ KnowledgePanel. Interviews were conducted online between
February 23 and March 5, 2012.
A report on Sunday said the Obama administration is blaming Israel
for the recent rise in global crude oil prices. The rise in fuel
prices is deemed as harming the U.S. economy and has also hurt Obama
in the polls as he seeks re-election in November.
The report in The World Tribune cited a leading U.S. analyst, Robert
Satloff, who returned from talks with Israeli officials.
Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy, said that the Israeli leadership saw Washington as
attributing the higher gas prices to “Israel’s posturing” on Iran.
He added that the officials told him the Obama administration was
staging a campaign to undermine Israel.
“I cannot underscore how deep and visceral the [Israeli] comments of
the leaking that came out of Washington were,” Satloff said, noting
Israel is alarmed by what officials determined were leaks by the
administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of purported Israeli
preparations to attack Iran.
The Israeli concerns come in the wake of a report in Foreign Policy
magazine last week, according to which Israel has purchased an
airfield in Azerbaijan on Iran´s northern border, prompting the
United States to watch very closely.
The Americans believe Israel may use the site as a springboard for an
attack on Iran´s nuclear plants, or as a landing and refueling spot
following one. The site could also be used for aircraft needed for
search, rescue and recovery in the wake of an attack.
Azeri president Ilham Aliyev later dismissed the speculation and
said, “Azerbaijan´s territory will never be used to launch an attack
against its neighbor, Iran.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/04/12)
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