Jewish support for Obama continues to fall

A key Democratic party demographic - the Jewish vote - is continuing to fall away from the president.

A new Quinnipiac poll shows that Obama's support among American Jews has fallen to 52%, after a high of 83% last January.

As reported on the Republican Jewish Coalition website:

The Quinnipiac poll asked respondents whether they approved of President Obama's handling of specific issues. Only 52% of Jewish respondents approved of the way President Obama is handling the economy, and 49% approved of his handling of health care.

Among Jewish respondents, only 36% were satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. today.

Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks said, "Overall support for President Obama is falling in this country; Rasmussen polls have pegged him with around 48% approval and 52% disapproval for the last few weeks (3). Even among Jewish voters his numbers are declining quickly.

"Voters are becoming more aware of the details of President Obama's agenda for this country. The glow of the 'hope and change' mantra has faded in the face of the higher unemployment, higher taxes, and higher national debt that his agenda will impose on us and our children.

Ed Lasky adds:

I could argue that among many groups, Jews have suffered disproportionally under this team. The actions against doctors, financial companies-fields heavily represented in the Jewish community. Jews are the oldest population in America - Medicare cuts, possible "rationing" of medical care; steep increases in taxes, increased health insurance costs will massively impact small businesses-many of which are owned by Jews; actions boosting estate taxes; previous moves to reduce the tax benefits of charitable deductions, etc. All of these Obama initiatives impact the Jewish community.


Jews, of all people, should not wear rose-colored glasses.

Considering how important the Jewish vote is in states like New York, New Jersey, and Florida, not to mention the considerable fund raising potential in the Jewish community, Democrats should look at those numbers and worry that one of their major constituencies seems to be having second thoughts about the president.