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Re: Obama, McCain, and Jews

Shmuel, to put those interesting AJC poll numbers in perspective–57 percent for Senator Obama, 30 percent for Senator McCain among likely Jewish voters–it’s striking to look at another set of numbers from the same poll. Of those polled, 17 percent consider themselves Republicans, 56 percent are self-described Democrats, and 25 percent are Independents. And my guess, clearly not scientific, is that those Independents have primarily voted for Democratic candidates in the past. So, I believe it’s most salient that the number of people intending to vote for McCain is almost twice as high as the number of self-described Republicans. Jews are wary of Obama (considering their historical propensity to align themselves with Democratic presidential candidates). Though it seems, too, Jews are wary of being called a Republican.


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