Totals down from ’08; Israel issue not seen moving big numbers of Jewish voters to GOP column.
In winning re-election Tuesday, President Barack Obama beat back a strong challenge from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who tried to woo Jewish voters by painting Obama as an untrustworthy ally of Israel.
An exit poll of 1,572 Jews who hold dual American-Israeli citizenship cast their absentee ballots overwhelmingly for Romney — 85 percent to just 14 percent for Obama. The poll, which has a margin of error of 2.5 percent, was conducted Oct. 22-24 and found that the No. 1 issue for voters was Israel and its related issues, such as the status of Jerusalem and Palestinians. Some 61 percent of voters listed it as No. 1.
Despite their distrust of Obama, Isrealis acknowledge the president’s support for its security.
Jerusalem — The moment President Barack Obama declared victory, Israelis — both pundits and private individuals — began pondering what it could mean for Israel-U.S. relations.
“We want the best for the U.S. because we love the American people, but I hope we won’t need their government because, while I respect Obama, I don’t trust him,” said Michal Yehoshua, a 21-year-old government employee, sipping hot coffee during a break.
From Manhattan to West Hempstead, Jews pull the lever and ponder the issues
Across a storm-battered city and suburbs on Monday, Jewish voters went to the polls in substantial numbers, and shared their opinions about their choices.
“As a Jew, there’s no way I vote for the man in the White House right now,” said Leonard Daniels, 48, who is currently looking for work and has an accounting degree, as he voted on the Upper West Side at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on 86th Street.
President Barack Obama was easily re-elected to a second term Tuesday, with a victory in the hard-fought battleground of Ohio pushing him over the margin around 11 p.m. Obama had 303 electoral votes, needing 270 to win, while Republican Mitt Romney won 203 electoral votes as of early Wednesday.
Obama garnered 69 percent of the Jewish vote, according to exit polls. Such polls in 2008 showed Obama getting 78 percent of the Jewish vote. That figure was subsequently adjusted to 74 percent after an analysis of national and exit polls.
Hmm, interesting theory. But unless we're voting against an evil candidate, say something out of 1930's European Facism, I don't want to be politically pegged just because I'm Jewish. I may share the same religion as you but I intend to make up my own mind, thank you.
However, I do continue to wonder, is there a 'Jewish' position on American politics?
In increasingly conservative Hamilton County, Jewish voters weighing issues on eve of election.
Cincinnati — It may be the battleground county in the battleground state.
In the bellwether state of Ohio (no Republican president has ever won the White House without winning Ohio’s 18 electoral votes), there are said to be seven swing counties to watch. Hamilton County here is the largest, and according to many the most critical. It went for Republican George W. Bush in 2004 and Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.