What is it with these liberal Jews? No doubt they would vote for Yassir Arafat as long as he had a “D” next to his name. This is unbelievable!
Even as conservatives continue to paint Barack Obama as being surrounded by anti-Israel advisers, a new poll shows the Illinois senator and Hillary Rodham Clinton in a neck-and-neck battle for Jewish support.
A Gallup Poll tracking views March 1-22 found Jewish Democrats in a statistical dead heat in their support for their party’s presidential nominees.
Clinton, a New York senator, led Obama, 48 percent to 43 percent – a differential falling within the 6 percent margin of error for the 368 Jews who were interviewed.
The results reflect the dead heat found among voters in general in a separate national Gallup Poll released Monday.
At the same time, Obama did better among Jews than among white Protestants and white Catholics.
The poll comes after months of aggressive efforts by Obama and his campaign staff to repel ongoing e-mail attacks painting him as unsupportive of Israel, and amid speculation that he was in danger of losing Jewish support.
Mark Mellman, a top Democratic pollster, noted that the Jewish community is rich in two constituencies that are considered natural redoubts for each of the candidates.
“White women favor Clinton and college-educated white men favor Obama,” said Mellman, who has not declared for either candidate.
Ira Forman, the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, agreed, noting that Clinton also was likelier to draw older voters.
“We’ve got a Jewish electorate that’s professional and highly educated, and that’s good for Obama,” said Forman, who also has not endorsed a candidate. “We’ve got a Jewish electorate that’s also older, and that’s not good for Obama.”