1:30 am CST - September 14, 2012
Posted under On The Record
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama’s support among Jewish voters is down 19% since his 2008 election victory, a new poll reveals. Conducted during the Democratic National Convention’s omission of God and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel from their platform, only to have an effort to reinsert the two items booed by Obama delegates — further found that Romney garners 35% of the Jewish vote, the poll says.
The poll — recent Investor’s Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP Poll, released Monday, found that while President Obama leads in overall polling — 46% to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 44% — his support among Jewish voters has dropped from 78% in 2008 to 59% today.
Six percent of Jews indicated they were currently undecided, according to the poll. In 2008, 1% of Jewish voters cast their ballot for a candidate other than Obama or McCain.
Jonathan S. Tobin at Commentary Magazine, who initially noted the drop, pointed out that the decline is unmatched in any other demographic groups.
He chalked the decline up to the administration’s relationship with Israel.
“While some losses in Jewish support could be put down to disillusionment with his economic policies, which is shared across the board, the only conceivable explanation for this far greater than average loss of Jewish votes is the administration’s difficult relationship with Israel,” Tobin wrote.
It has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.5 percentage points.
Gov. Mitt Romney’s 35% showing amongst the Jewish vote is up from Senator John McCain’s 21% showing in 2008, the poll says.