Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans have been working for months to try to cut into the Democrats’ traditional advantage among Jewish voters, largely by stressing their claim that Barack Obama is somehow anti-Israeli.
The AJC — that’s the other AJC, the American Jewish Committee — has just released a new poll of Jewish-Americans. Its findings suggest that GOP efforts to make inroads with Jewish voters are having just as much success as are similar efforts to court black Americans, Hispanics and other minorities.
In other words, a biseleh.
In a similar poll four years ago, 56 percent of American Jews identified themselves as Democrats while 17 percent said they were Republican. Fifty-seven percent said they backed Obama, while 30 percent backed John McCain.
In other interesting numbers:
– 72.6% approve of Joe Biden as vice president.
– 63.3% disapprove of the selection of Paul Ryan as the GOP veep nominee; 41.4% disapprove strongly.
– Asked to name the most important issue driving their presidential vote, just 4.5% named U.S-Israeli relations. Just 1.3 percent named Iran’s nuclear program.
– 61.5% identified the economy as the most important issue. Health care was second, at 16%.
– 77.8% approve of Obama’s handling of national security.
– 64% would support U.S. military action against Iran if diplomacy and sanctions fail to end its nuclear program; 35 percent would oppose such action.
– Jay Bookman