An annual survey conducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) published Tuesday reveals that the overwhelming majority of American Jews prefer Hillary Clinton as their next president. The survey also indicates that among Republican Jews, the leading presidential candidate is Rudy Giuliani.
The findings show that 70% of Jewish Democrats support candidate Hillary Clinton, while 75% of Republicans want to see Rudy Giuliani in the White House.
Some 80% of American Jews are Democrats. Even President George Bush, who is considered a friend of Israel, won a mere 22% of the Jewish vote in 2004. At the time, the majority of the Jews supported Democratic candidate John Kerry.
Clinton is followed by John Edwards with 48% of the votes and Barack Obama in third place with 45%.
The Republican race is lead by Giuliani. John McCain is in second place with 49% of the Jewish vote. Mormon candidate Mitt Romney and former actor Fred Thompson receive 32% each.
When Asked about the most important problems the US is facing today, 22% of respondents cited “economy and jobs” and 19% answered "health care." Only 16% of American Jews regard the war in Iraq as a determining elections issue.
The Jewish support of Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani is most likely a result of their decisive stand against Iran and their pro-Israel views.
Despite continuous efforts, including two appearances in Chicago and in the annual AIPAC conference in which he committed to unrestricted support of Israel, Barak Obama seem to suffer from a credibility problem as far as his commitment to "Jewish" issues.
The 2007 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion was carried out for AJC by Synovate. The sample consists of 1,000 self-identifying Jewish respondents that are representative of the United States adult Jewish population on a variety of measures.
The complete AJC survey is available at www.ajc.org .