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Obama, McCain, and Jews

Following my exchange with John a couple of days ago, I thought this poll might help clear up the mystery regarding the true feelings of Jewish voters: 57% for Obama, 30% for McCain. Not very good for the Democratic candidate, but as good for McCain as he’d like it to be.

The survey by the American Jewish Committee is “the first national poll of Jewish voters since the Democratic and Republican conventions”:

Differences between Orthodox and non-Orthodox are pronounced in the support given the presidential candidates.

Thus, Obama has the support of 13 percent of Orthodox Jews, as against 59 percent of Conservative Jews, 62 percent of Reform Jews, and 61 percent of the “Just Jewish.”

Conversely, McCain draws 78 percent of Orthodox Jews, as against 26 percent of Conservative Jews, 27 percent of Reform Jews, and 26 percent of the “Just Jewish.”

Jewish women (60 percent) are more likely than Jewish men (54 percent) to support Obama. Conversely, Jewish men (35 percent) are more likely than Jewish women (25 percent) to support McCain.



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