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.
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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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