Campaign Confidential

National, Fla. Polls Show Obama Gaining Support Among Jewish Voters

By Brett Lieberman

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It’s a little early for Barack Obama’s campaign to breath a sigh of relief and say a few Amens, but two new polls of Jewish voters offer some good news for the Democratic presidential nominee.

An analysis by Gallup based on its daily tracking poll and interviews with more than 500 Jewish voters shows that Jewish voters have grown much more comfortable with Obama.

It found that 74 percent of Jewish voters now support Obama. That’s a tad lower than what exit polls showed John Kerry and Al Gore won in 2004 and 2000, but it’s shows huge gains for Obama in the last few months.

A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,433 Florida voters shows Obama leading Republican John McCain by a 77 percent to 20 percent margin among Jewish voters included in a survey.

One note of caution in the Q-Poll numbers – the Jewish sample survey carries a whopping 10.5 percent margin of error because of the small sample of Jews in the larger survey, which had a 2.6 percent margin of error. Given their methodology, Quinnipiac pollsters, however, believe the number is probably pretty close to accurate despite the large potential margin of error.

Jewish support for Obama has risen gradually from the low 60 percent range in June and July to 66 percent in August, 69 percent in September, and now 74 percent, according to Gallup.

With just under two weeks until the Nov. 4 election, “The current proportion of U.S. Jews backing Obama is identical to the level of support the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards received in the 2004 presidential election (74%),” and “It is only slightly lower than what Al Gore and Joe Lieberman received in 2000 (80%) – when the first Jewish American appeared on the presidential ticket of a major party,” according to Gallup.

And while there has been much concern about a generational divide and the potential of bigotry that could keep some older Jews from supporting Obama, or cause them to vote for Republican John McCain, Gallup reports that “support for Obama is a bit higher among older Jews than among Jews younger than 55.”


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Frank Lee Sat. Oct 25, 2008

Any Jew who votes for Barak Hussein Obama is voting for the destruction of the State of Israel. Jesse Jackson and Iran's Speaker have both made it clear that Israel and "Zionists" will suffer under an Obama administration. A black radical, raised as a muslim until age ten, and then a 20 year member of a radical black liberation theology cult which is anti-American and antisemitic, who has flip-flopped on every "core" issue, is not going to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities (although Iran's bomb would be a "game changer"). McCain is Israel's only hope. Florida's confused Jews voted for Buchanan, but this mistake would be far more deadly.

Paul Sat. Oct 25, 2008

A Jew voting for Obama -------------------is like a chicken voting Col. Sanders

Renee Gold Thu. Oct 30, 2008

Any Jew who votes for McCain/Palin has never understood the Passover seder.

ROZ MERMELSTEIN Sat. Nov 1, 2008

WE'VE COME TO EXPECT FROM A DESPERATE. DISHONORABLE MCCAIN/PALIN CAMPAIGN THAT WILL SAY ANYTHING IN A FAILED ATTEMPT TO WIN THIS ELECTION. THE STOOGE "JOE THE PLUMBER" HIS REAL NAME IS JOE WURZELBACHER AND BY SOME COINCIDENCE HE USED TO LIVE IN ALASKA AND WAS FRIENDS WITH THE PALINS, AND HE LIVED IN ARIZONA AND JOE THE PLUMBER IS RELATED TO ONE OF CONVICTED FELONS FROM THE KEATING 5 OF WHICH CINDY, JOHN AND CINDYS FATHER WAS IN. JOE THE PLUMBER NOW IS CAMPAIGN WITH THE MCAIN, AND IS BEING SCRIPTED ON WHAT TO SAY THAT WOULD BE DAMAGING TO OBAMA. THE JEWISH DEMOCRATS GROUPHOPES TO USE THE INTERNET TO LANCE THE REPUBLICAN ATTACKS ON OBAMA AND HELP SENATOR OBAMA TO WIN OVER THE JEWISH VOTERS. OBAMA HAS REPEATEDLY SAID THAT HE COMMITTED TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY. MCCAIN IS DOING EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO DISCREDIT OBAMA AND WHAT HE STANDS FOR. ALSO RAPE VICTIMS LASH OUT AT SARAH PALIN WHY BECAUSE PALIN MAKES A RAPE VICTIM PAY AN AVERAGE OF $1,200 FROM THEIR OWN POCKETS FOR FORENSIC RAPE KITS TO COLLECT DNA FROM THE RAPIST. HOW CAN A WOMEN IN ALL HONESTY MAKE THEM PAY FOR SOMETHING THAT WASN'T THEIR FAULT. WE HAVE TO STAND TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE THEY. PALIN WON'T ENDURE, SHE'S A LOSER. THE GOP CARES ONLY ABOUT WINING SARAH PALIN WAS A MEANS TO AN END THAT BRIEFLY SEEMED TO GIVE THEM HOPE




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