Trump nets only 19 percent of Jewish vote, AJC poll finds

The poll– the only one of its kind that has gauged Jewish voters nationwide this election season– showed consistent support for Clinton.

September 14, 2016 03:33
Trump in prayer shawl.

Donald Trump wearing a Jewish prayer shawl.. (photo credit: CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)


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NEW YORK – Donald J. Trump has attracted 19% of Jewish American voters to his campaign, according to an American Jewish Committee poll released on Wednesday, compared to 61% supporting Hillary Clinton.

The poll – the only one of its kind that has gauged Jewish voters nationwide this election season – showed consistent support for Clinton.

But 9% of those polled said they will vote third party this election, for either Libertarian Gary Johnson or Jill Stein of the Green Party, and 8% polled said they will not vote at all.

A majority of Jewish Americans – 73% – characterized the US-Israel relationship as in either “very good” or “fairly good” shape, and that same number considers antisemitism in the US either a “very serious problem” or “somewhat of a problem.” Roughly 58% said that Clinton would do better than Trump in handling terrorism, uniting the country, promoting US-Israel relations and dealing effectively with Iran.

The poll was conducted by SSRS, a research company, and is based on telephone interviews carried out August 8-28. The reported margin of error is plus or minus 3.57%.

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