A new Gallop poll shows President Barack Obama winning 64 percent of the Jewish vote in November’s election, a number that would represent a 24-year low in the Jewish vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.
By comparison, Jewish support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the Gallop poll is at 29 percent, which would be a new high among Republican candidates.
“This poll is another sign of the erosion of support for Obama among Jewish voters,” Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a statement. “If the president wins just 64 percent of the Jewish vote, it would be a disaster for him and his party. Jewish voters are increasingly disillusioned with the president and that’s why Mitt Romney is making real inroads in the Jewish community this year.”
David Harris, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, noted that a poll at this juncture in the 2008 election showed Obama faring more poorly against Republican John McCain. Obama won 78 percent of the Jewish vote that November.
“The president is doing much better against Romney than he was against McCain then who had 35 percent of the Jewish vote,” said Harris.