Jewish voters approve and disapprove of President Obama's performance rating in equal numbers, according to a new poll by the American Jewish Committee.
AJC's annual poll, released Monday, showed 45 percent of Jewish voters approve of Obama as opposed to 48 percent disapproving -- a statistical dead heat with the margin of error of 3 percentage points. The numbers show a substantial drop for Obama from the 57 percent who approved of his performance in the 2010 AJC survey.
Democrat party label is double-edged sword for congressional candidate in race to succeed Weiner.
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David Weprin was making rounds at a Howard Beach Senior Center in Queens, last week, chatting with the clientele and announcing that he had just become a grandfather, when someone brought up an endorsement by arguably the city’s best-known senior citizen: Ed Koch.
Last month’s endorsement by the former Democrat mayor is for Weprin’s Republican opponent, Bob Turner.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Weprin said, dismissively. “He just wants to make news.”
In search of a solution to the great debt ceiling crisis, House Republicans have turned to the Tea Party for help in passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution along with deep spending cuts, and Senate Democrats have turned to the Jews for help blocking it.
The House Tuesday evening passed its Cut-Cap-Balance bill, 234-190 largely along party lines, but it's likely dead in the water. The President has threatened to veto it, although it's expected to die in the Senate and never make it to his desk.
As the midterm elections near, Jewish progressives, frustrated by what they see as President Barack Obama’s lack of leadership on a range of domestic issues — starting with the economy — may sit out the November congressional vote in large numbers.
The prospect of a backlash from Jewish liberals, which carries big political risks for the president, say observers, is his real “Jewish problem,” not the Jewish right’s criticism of his handling of the Israel issue.