AJC: Jewish Opinion Favors Obama, but Numbers Are Slipping

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) recently conducted a survey designed to give insight regarding American Jewish opinion in light of the upcoming Presidential elections.

According to the survey, 61 percent of Jews claim that they would vote for Obama if the election were held today and Romney were the Republican candidate (28 percent would vote for Romney, 11 percent are undecided).  The results indicate that support for Obama is lower among Jews who cite national security and U.S.-Israel relations among their top three priority issues in deciding their vote in the election.

Among those Jews who are focused on national security concerns or U.S.-Israel relations, only 42 percent would vote for Obama in an election against Romney. Of those who cite national security as a priority, 44 percent would vote for Romney; of those who cite U.S.-Israel relations, 45 percent would vote for Romney.

58 percent of American Jews approve of the way President Obama is handling the U.S.-Israel relationship. Support for Prime Minister Netanyahu is even higher on this issue, with 70 percent of American Jews saying they have a favorable opinion of the way his government is handling the U.S.-Israel relationship.

The Iranian nuclear program concerns the vast majority of American Jews: 89 percent are very (56 percent) or somewhat (33 percent) concerned about it. Only 11 percent say they are not too concerned or not concerned at all.  Sixty-two percent of American Jews approve of the way President Obama is handling this issue, and 60 percent say the Democratic Party is more likely than the Republican Party to make the right decisions in dealing with the Iranian nuclear program.

Over half (56 percent) of American Jews believe it is unlikely that a combination of diplomacy and sanctions can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of American Jews say that, if diplomacy and sanctions fail, they would support the U.S. taking military action against Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Three-quarters (75 percent) would support Israel taking such action if diplomacy and sanctions fail.

Visit AJC’s site to view the complete survey results.

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