US PResident Barack Obama in the Oval Office 370 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed)
BOSTON – US Jewish voters prefer US President Barack Obama to former
Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by 61 percent to 28%, according to a new
American Jewish Committee survey released Monday.
Those surveyed also
approved more than disapproved of the way Obama has handled what they saw as the
major issues in deciding how they would vote, when asked to list their top
three: the economy (80%), health care (57%), national security (26%), taxes
(26%), the US-Israel relationship (22%) and social security (22%).
US-Israel relationship, 58% approve of how Obama is handling it, versus 40% who
disapprove. On national security, 69% approve of the job he is doing and only
29% disapprove. And on Iran’s nuclear program, which was listed as a separate
issue with 15% choosing it as one of their top three concerns, 61% approve of
what Obama has done and 37% disapprove.
Among Jewish voters who list the
economy as their top issue, 62% say they will vote for Obama and just 28% back
Romney. But among Jewish voters who list national security or the US-Israel
relationship as their top issue, Romney would edge out Obama 44%- 42% and
The Democratic Party is also seen as more likely
than the Republican Party to make the right decisions on every issue listed. On
most issues, including national security and Iran, American Jews viewed
Democrats as likely to make the right decisions by at least 60%. But on
US-Israel relations, that number sank to 57%, while Republicans rose to 40% (on
all other given issues they were in the 30s or lower). Conversely, the
church-state relationship was the one area Democrats cracked 70%, with 74% saying
Democrats were more likely to make the right decisions and just 22% saying the
same of the GOP.
The survey found that American Jewry is very worried
about Iran’s nuclear program, with 89% concerned about the prospect of Iran
obtaining a nuclear weapon and just 11% not that concerned.
percent think it is unlikely sanctions and diplomacy will prevent Tehran from
acquiring a nuclear bomb, while 42% think it is likely. In the event that they
do both fail, 64% would support the US taking military action against the
nuclear program and 75% would support Israel taking military action.
majority of 59% of those surveyed had never been to Israel, but 71% still agreed
that “caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a
The poll was conducted of 1,074 Jewish adults from March 14-27. It
has a margin of error of +/- 4.8%.
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