For a majority of the Jewish faith being Democrat, voting Democrat and being anti anything or anyone Republican no matter what is something passed down from parent to child and from generation to generation.
Whatever a candidate or an incumbent may stand for, believe in or actually accomplished in or out of office is likely less important to the Jewish voter than the letter next to his or her name.
While this has historically been the case up to and including Barack Obama, could this trend be starting to turn?
Could the horrendous performance of the economy, questionable associations with the likes of Jeremiah Wright, passage of legislation detrimental to the health of Americans like Obamacare along with an apparent bias against Israel finally be catching up with the President?
The data suggests that this might in fact be the case although it is by no means a certainty.
From an article at Newsmax:
"In the first significant drop in Jewish support for a Democratic Party candidate in over two decades, President Barack Obama has seen a 10-point plunge in support among Jewish voters, according to the Gallup polling agency.
To put the decline in perspective, Obama is pulling in the same support among Jews as Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor who lost to George H. W. Bush in 1988.
Gallup notes the 10-point drop is "five points worse than his decline among all registered voters compared with 2008.”
Specifically, Obama currently has the support of 64 percent of Jewish registered voters, according to Gallup. This is 10 percent less than the percentage of Jews who voted for Obama in 2008. Republican Mitt Romney enjoys 29 percent support among Jews.
The move is significant because American Jews have been bedrock supporters of the Democratic Party for decades. Often regarded as instinctively liberal but hawks on support for Israel, Jews are a key voting bloc in Florida, one of a handful of high electoral vote “swing” states Obama must win to defeat Romney. Their votes also could make a difference in a close race in Ohio or Pennsylvania..."
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