Obama Has Huge Lead among Jewish Voters
The Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his campaign have made many efforts to court the Jewish voters, while at the same time the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama is expressing recent confidence over being able to maintain the Jewish voter support.
A Gallup tracking poll from July 1 to September 10 said that 70% of likely Jewish voters have decided to vote for Obama, while only 25% have chosen Romney. Earlier this year, polls had Obama ahead amongst Jewish voters 64% to 25% against a generic candidate from the GOP.
This week Obama returns to Florida with stops that include Coral Gables for a Spanish-language forum hosted by Univision. He will also travel to Tampa to attend a fundraiser. Much of his time in South Florida will be dedicated to securing the Jewish vote. In the 2008 election, Obama took 74% of that voting bloc while his opponent John McCain only won 21%.
Very little in the GOP agenda of Romney and running mate Paul Ryan from health care to the economy to foreign policy, is supported by the majority of Jewish voters. On the other hand, most Jewish Americans are very comfortable with the agenda of President Obama.
To help make a case to support Obama, his campaign has sent a number of Jewish politicians, including Debbie Wasserman Schulz, the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, to battleground states that have large communities of Jewish Americans. Obama’s campaign also has given volunteers in communities that have large Jewish populations, talking points to offset criticism Romney has said about Obama.
Romney’s criticism centers round convincing Jewish voters that Obama has not been a good friend to Israel. He has criticized Obama about the nuclear program in Iran to his not so friendly relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli Prime Minister.