The Republican party increased its share of the national Jewish vote to a new high not seen in a generation, according to results of a midterm election exit poll conducted Tuesday by Fox News.
According to the data, 33% of Jewish voters polled voted Republican in the 2022 midterm election, up from 30% in 2020 and 24% in 2016.
"[Republican] candidates are offering concrete solutions to the issues that matter to Jewish voters."Sam Markstein, Republican Jewish Coalition
Still, a majority of Jewish Americans gave their vote to other parties, with 65% of the Jewish electorate polled voting Democrat, and 2% identifying as "other."
Republican Jewish Coalition national director Sam Markstein told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that more Jewish voters are moving toward the GOP because "candidates are offering concrete solutions to the issues that matter to Jewish voters."
Markstein noted that those issues include: "reducing the skyrocketing costs of living, combating rising hate crime, championing school choice, putting America first on the world stage again by supporting our allies in Israel, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community in the fight against antisemitism."
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Markstein said Tuesday's election saw "a record-smashing level of support in Florida, at 45% of the Jewish vote."
In New York's hotly contested gubernatorial race, Republican candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin won between 85-95% in Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhoods in Borough Park and Williamsburg where voter turnout averaged 50%, according to New York city polls, despite being ultimately defeated by Democratic incumbent challenger Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The majority of American Jews skew heavily Democratic and liberal, both in New York and nationwide.