Poll: Jewish Voters Still Favor Obama Over Romney (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/01/12)
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Jewish voters still prefer President Barack Obama over Republican
nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new poll released on Thursday by
the Workmen’s Circle.
The poll was conducted by a team led by Professor Steven M. Cohen.
Among Jews, the Democratic President out-polls the Republican
candidate by 59 percent to 27 percent, with 14 percent undecided. If
the undecided voters split similarly, Obama would out-poll Romney by
a 68 percent to 32 percent margin among Jewish voters.
The issues driving the Jewish vote, according to the poll, are
economic justice including regulating financial institutions, support
for progressive taxation, and the argument that government should do
more to help the needy.
“These are extremely significant polling numbers. They offer a
snapshot of the American Jewish community regarding the values and
issues that are the highest priorities, though these are not the
issues that are front and center in our communal debate,” Madelon
Braun, the president of the Workmen’s Circle, said in a statement
To the question ‘how fair do you think our present federal tax system
is?’ only 2 perecnt answered ‘very fair,’ while 46 percent
answered ‘not too fair’ and 30 percent said ‘not fair at all.’
65 percent of American Jews support raising federal income taxes for
people who make more than $200,000 annually, the poll found.
The poll also found that neither attachment to Israel nor confidence
in Israelis vs. Palestinian Authority Arabs as peace seeking strongly
factor into Jews’ presidential vote decision.
The poll found that Obama voters and Romney voters do differ on
Israel; Romney voters are more attached to Israel and more confident
in Israel’s commitment to peace. However, these differences are
totally explained by prior factors like religiosity and political
ideology, than are the primary determinants of Obama vs. Romney
Obama has come under fire for his policy on Israel. In his foreign
policy speech last May, Obama called for a return to the 1949
armistice lines (often erroneously called 1967 borders) as a starting
point for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
The speech drew criticism from Obama’s political opponents, with
Romney accusing the President of having “thrown Israel under the bus.”
Obama’s policy on Israel may have come at a price. Recent reports
have indicated that Obama has lost 16 percent of his support among
U.S. Jews and may lose the elections in key states like Florida, come
“Pastrami & Politics”, a video recently uploaded to YouTube, reveals
some strong and confused attitudes that Jewish Americans have towards
President Obama and his policy on Israel.
The video was filmed by Rabbi David Nesenoff, who personally walked
up to people seated at several kosher delis in New York, asking them
about the food and then proceeding to inquire about Obama and Israel.
Some of the people shown in the video admitted having voted for Obama
in 2008 but at the same time said they are now reconsidering their
vote in the November elections.
Recent reports indicated that the Republicans now believe that Romney
has a genuine shot at winning the presidency. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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