Snap Fact #181
President Obama Overwhelmingly Earns The Support Of The American Jewish Community Through Deeds And Actions!
Just as they did in 2008, Jews will support Barack Obama in 2012. According to exit polls in 2008, 78% of Jews voted for the President. Every indicator suggests a similar result in 2012.
Contrary to popular opinion, it is not the President’s staunch support of Israel that makes him so popular among Jews. Virtually every segment of American society is pro-Israel, all regions, both political parties, and Protestants and Catholics, as well as Jews. Indeed the single most pro-Israeli group in the United States, outside of the Jewish community itself, are Evangelical Christians.
Many years ago, a humorist quipped “Jews resemble Episcopalians and Presbyterians in wealth and education, but vote like blacks and Hispanics.” For the last fifty years that has been true. Indeed, in the last hundred years of political opinion polling, Jews have consistently voted for the more liberal Presidential candidate by a margin of 25-30% over other white groups. From the First World War through the Second World War, Jews were heavily involved in the labor movement, and were predominantly recent immigrants. Since World War II, Jews have been particularly successful at climbing the economic ladder, and do rank among the most affluent American groups, along with the aforementioned Episcopalians and Presbyterians, and Mormons as well. But Jews have mostly not voted their “class interests” by voting Republican.