Last week the American Jewish Congress released a poll that indicated support for Barack Obama amongst American Jews was slipping but he still held a sizable approval advantage amongst that group. At the time I suggested that any political poll run by a major Jewish organization should be taken with a grain of salt, because most of them are supporters of the progressive agenda. Another Issue with the AJC poll is it questioned all Jews as opposed to likely voters.
This morning McLaughlin and Associates released an opinion poll of likely Jewish voters which shows Jewish voters in America are definitely wising up:
- Jewish voters would consider someone else for President. According to the 2008 exit polls, Barack Obama won 78% of Jewish voters. Now 17 months later only 42% of voters would re-elect him while 46% would consider voting for someone else. Just to put this into perspective, during the past 50 years, the lowest percentage a democratic presidential candidate has received was the 45% that Jimmy Carter earned when he ran for reelection. If the 2012 election were held today, Obama might do worse. The AJC Poll of all Jews did not ask this question, but it did reflect that the President had a 57% approval rating.
- A significant portion of Jewish voters disapprove of the President’s handling of relations with Israel 39% disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing handling America’s relations with Israel. When you consider the fact that almost 60% of Jewish voters are Democrats this is a very bad number for the POTUS. The AJC poll of all Jews last week had similar numbers as 37% disapproved of the President’s job of handling Israel relations.
- When you look at specific elements of Obama’s Israel efforts, Jewish voter’s negativity regarding Obama rises.
- Obama’s rumored plan to recognize a Palestinian State Within two years is disapproved by 52% of Jewish votes.
- 64% say that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel.
- 62% believe that the Palestinians would continue the campaign of terror to destroy Israel if they were given a Palestinian state.
- 73% say that Israel is right to insist the Palestinians accepting Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state before there are any negotiations about a Palestinian state.
Jewish voters were a strong voting block for the President in 2008, but it seems that they are waking up and smelling the chicken soup. Unlike Democratic party Israel supporters in Congress, American Jewish voters are moving away from Barack Obama in droves. Unless Obama changes his policy (which is not very likely), those Democrats better wise up fast before their reelection chances are hurt by the President’s abandonment of our only ally in the Middle East.