Despite the media talking point that Obama has a Jewish problem. A new Gallup poll finds that President Obama has maintained a 60% approval rating with American Jews.
Since Obama’s speech on May 19 supporting an Israeli return to the 1967 borders, a new Gallup poll finds that Obama’s approval rating with American Jews remains unchanged, as 60% approve of the President, and 32% disapprove. Obama’s approval with US Jews before the speech was 65%. After the speech his approval rating from May 19-June 30 was 62%.
Jews who regularly attend synagogue are less supportive of Obama than those who don’t. Regular attendees approve of the president by a margin of 51%-39%. Those who attend less frequently or never support Obama, 70%-25%. This data follows similar polling across all faiths. Those who attend services regularly are usually more supportive of Republican and conservative candidates. Age is an important variable, as regular synagogue/church/temple attendees tend to be older, usually in the range of 52-58 years old, but in some churches/synagogues/temples 40% or more of attendees can be over 65.
Obama’s approval rating with American Jews has remained high despite a non stop onslaught of claims from the right media that Obama is trying to destroy Israel.
Here is Glenn Beck claiming that Obama’s policy will be “the destruction of Israel” :
Here is Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claiming that Obama has betrayed Israel:
Ben Smith of Politco wrote a piece claiming that Obama may be losing the support Jewish Democrats. The title sounded great, but his evidence of his claim was limited to, “several dozen interviews with POLITICO are any indication, a similar conversation is taking place in Jewish communities across the country.” Mr. Smith, the data suggests that you are wrong.
When the right wing media couldn’t convince American Jews that Obama is destroying they turned their attacks towards America’s Jews. On May 26, Ben Shapiro of CNS News concluded that American Jews still support Obama because, “The answer is deceptively simple: the Jews who vote for Obama are, by and large, Jews In Name Only (JINOs). They eat bagels and lox; they watch “Schindler’s List”; they visit temple on Yom Kippur – sometimes. But they do not care about Israel. Or if they do, they care about it less than abortion, gay marriage and global warming.”
On May 27, Breitbart blogger Dan Friedman wrote a post titled, “Israeli Jews Not Nearly As Sick As USA Jews: Poll”
Despite what the steady drumbeat of the mainstream media tells you, President Obama doesn’t have a Jewish problem. However, this is the kind of poll that does not get mainstream media attention. Polls that are bad news for the president make the front page. Polls that show that this president has any strength at all are not considered newsworthy.
The right wing media will continue to perpetuate the myth that Obama is destroying Israel, and if America’s Jews continue to support Obama, they will be attacked for not buying what the right is selling.