Israel Political Brief April 3, 2012: Survey: Jewish voters see economy as top concern — 62% of US Jewish voters want President Obama reelected



Survey: Jewish voters see economy as top concern

Source: JTA, 4-3-12

Most registered Jewish voters see the economy as the most important issue in the 2012 election, according to a new survey.

Some 51 percent of Jewish voters said the economy would be most important to their vote for the next president. Fifteen percent cited the gap between rich and the poor, 10 percent said health care and 7 percent saw the federal deficit as being important to their vote, according to the survey released Tuesday at a National Press Club briefing.

The poll of 1,004 American Jews was conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and was funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which supports liberal Jewish causes. The political questions included the responses from only self-identified registered voters.

The  survey found that 62 percent of Jewish voters wanted President Obama to be reelected, while 30 percent said they would prefer a Republican and the remainder were undecided.

Mitt Romney, at 58 percent, had the greatest support among Jews who would vote Republican. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul trail with 15 percent, 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Seven percent of Jews who voted for Obama in 2008 said they would prefer a Republican candidate in 2012.

President Obama is believed to have won as much as 78 percent of the Jewish vote in the 2008 elections….READ MORE

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