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Will Obama Get The Jewish Vote?

AJC survey shows declining support, but much depends on which Republican runs against the president.

09/27/2011
Staff Writer

The thrill is way gone, to bastardize an old blues lyric, but American Jews are still likely to vote for President Barack Obama in 2012.

That’s the upshot of the just-released American Jewish Committee Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion. The new poll put Obama’s approval rating in the Jewish community at 45 percent, down from 51 percent in last year’s AJC poll, and more than 30 percentage points below the 78 percent of the Jewish vote that Obama garnered in his 2008 race against Sen. John McCain.

Obama: Drops below 50 percent approval but beats GOP hopefuls. Getty Images
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