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Poll: 70% of US Jews support Obama

Recent Gallup survey shows only 25% support for Republican's Romney among US Jewry; Obama maintains lead in crucial swing states

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 09.15.12, 15:05 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – The Jewish public in the United States seems to have taken Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, as well as his dramatic statements about Jerusalem, in stride, as a recent poll revealed that the majority of Jewish voters in the US still support US President Barack Obama.

 

A recent Gallup poll released Saturday found that 70% of US Jews still support Obama, while the GOP's candidate has only 25% support – similar to the support given to John McCain in 2008.

 

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The Republicans have been vigorously courting the Jewish vote – as well as that of Israelis who hold dual nationality – during the 2012 presidential campaign, including sending several top GPO senators and congressmen to Israel.

 

The 2008 presidential race saw Obama win 78% of the Jewish votes in the United States.

 

A poll held in March found that his approval ratings among American Jewry slipped to 61%.

 

However, the recent results of both the Democratic and Republican conventions, and what is now being called Romney's "ill-fated" response to the murder of American diplomats in Libya, had seen Obama widen the gap, especially in the swing states of Florida, Virginia and Ohio – two of which would have to elect Romany in order for him to win the elections.

 

According to recent polls by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, Obama has a five-point lead over Romney in Florida and Virginia, and a seven-point lead in Ohio.

 

 

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