The Politics of American Jews 


Every Democratic presidential contender would overwhelmingly outperform US President Donald Trump with Jewish voters in a head-to-head match-up this fall, according to new poll from the Jewish Electorate Institute (JEI).

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg would do best winning 69% to 31%; Bloomberg 67% to 28%; Biden 67% to 31%; and Warren 65% to 32%. Even the self-proclaimed democratic socialist Bernie Sanders would defeat Trump 65% to 30%, despite only 52% of American Jews having a favorable view of Sanders, and 45% having an unfavorable view of him, the survey found.

The poll, conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Associates on behalf of JEI, took place from February 18-24. The online survey of 1,001 self-identified high-propensity Jewish voters has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

US Jewish voters remain highly supportive of the Jewish state’s right to exist and defend itself: 91% said they were generally pro-Israel, even though 56% identified themselves as “critical” of the Netanyahu government.

While a large majority of US Jewish voters disapprove of Trump’s performance on domestic policy issues — from taxes to healthcare and reproductive rights — a slim majority approves his management of US-Israel relations.

Fifty-one percent said they supported his Israel policies; 39% said they didn’t; and 52% said they approved of his decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights.

The US Jewish community appeared much more divided on Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Whereas 45% approved of the move, 42% said they were opposed to it.

Allen S. Maller is an ordained Reform Rabbi who retired in 2006 after 39 years as the Rabbi of Temple Akiba in Culver City, California. His web site is: www.rabbimaller.com. He blogs on the Times of Israel. Rabbi Maller has published 400+ articles in some two dozen different Christian, Jewish, and Muslim magazines and web sites. He is the author of  two recent books: "Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms' and "Which Religion Is Right For You? A 21st Century Kuzari".


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