Poll: Over 85% of US Muslim voters picked Obama

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 11, 2012 15:23

CAIR survey shows similar political preference to American Jews, 69% of whom voted to reelect the president.

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Obama supporters celebrate victory news 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Philip Andrews)

More than 85 percent of Muslim voters in the United States voted for US President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, according to a poll by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The number represents a small drop-off from 2008, in which Obama won 89% of the Muslim vote. Of the 650 American Muslim voters in CAIR's informal survey, only 4% said that they voted for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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Similarly, Jewish support for Obama slipped somewhat in the 2012 presidential race but still far surpassed that earned by Romney.

According to exit polls, 69% of Jews cast their ballot for the Democratic candidate as compared to 78% in 2008. Some 30% went for Republican Mitt Romney, up from 22% for the party’s candidate in the last presidential race.

The exit polls were conducted by a national consortium and generally include samples of 400-500 Jewish voters in their national survey.

Democratic pollster Jim Gerstein said the drop in the Jewish vote - of about 5% - is consistent with the drop in support for Obama overall among other key constituencies such as Catholics and white voters. Nationally, Obama’s popular support dropped from 53% of the vote to 50%.

Hilary Leila Krieger contributed to this report.

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