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Daniel Halper takes us through some midterm-election polling conducted by J Street on Jews’ views of Obama, Bibi, and Obama’s handling of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As he points out, there is reason to be skeptical of anything coming out of that outfit. In this case, not surprisingly, J Street’s poll numbers are out of whack with virtually every reputable poll on Jewish opinion.

J Street would have us believe that Jews approve of Obama’s performance by a 60 to 40 percent margin, and of his handling of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by a 53 to 47 percent margin. The J Streeters’ pollsters contend that American Jews favor Obama’s over Bibi’s handling of the Palestinian issue (51 percent to 49 percent). Even on its own terms, that’s not a ringing endorsement by overwhelmingly liberal Jews. But are these figures reliable? Let’s see how J Street’s latest offering compares with other polling.

The AJC found that 49 percent of U.S. Jews approve, while 45 percent disapprove, of Obama’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations, and 62 percent of American Jews approve and 27 percent disapprove of Bibi’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations. The AJC found that only 51 percent of Jews approve of Obama’s performance in general.

The McLaughlin poll conducted for the Emergency Committee for Israel found that only 52 percent of Jews approve of Obama’s overall performance.

The Brandeis study, using a much larger sample of Jewish opinion, found that only 25 percent of Jews approve of Obama’s handling of relations with Israel.

You get the picture. J Street’s polling data departs from virtually all other surveys we have seen of late. But then J Street’s other pronouncements — on its own funding and its involvement with Richard Goldstone — don’t resemble the truth either. At least the Soros-funded, not-actually-pro-Israel group is consistent in its relationship with the truth.


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