Only minutes after posting my story on the new American Jewish Committee poll and its plethora of bad news for President Obama, I received an email from an angry Democrat.
Sure, he said, the national downturn in the President's popularity is reflected in the Jewish numbers. But he argued that I downplayed the fact the Democrats still enjoy a close to three-to-one advantage over the Republicans in Jewish partisan identification.
The national anger found among the electorate concerns the economy, jobs, health care reform and foreign policy. In addition to recent primary victories around the country by Tea Party candidates, several national polls point to the depth of the public’s anger. A Fox News Poll from June noted that 83 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Independents expressed dissatisfaction with the direction of the nation; in addition, 43 percent of Democrats expressed similar unhappiness with where the country is headed.
I've had some interesting feedback on my story last week on President Obama's “real” Jewish problem. No, it's not the problem of angry Jewish activists who think he's anti-Israel, but the disillusionment of many on the left over what they view as his overly centrist domestic policies.
Jewish Democrats don't seem to be hitting any panic buttons in the wake of last week's Pew Center poll suggesting a significant shift of Jewish voters to the GOP side of the aisle just three months before critical midterm elections – the same poll that shows that only 34 percent of Americans now believe President Obama is a Christian.<