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RJC: New FL Poll Hints at Trouble for Obama in Jewish Community

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Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2012) — The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) responded to the release today of a poll by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) which showed continued erosion of support for President Obama in the Jewish community. This poll showed that President Obama would receive just 69 percent of the Jewish vote in Florida, a key swing state with a significant Jewish population.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “This poll hints at trouble for Pres. Obama in the Jewish community. We have seen ample evidence in many recent polls that Pres. Obama will have difficulty reaching the same level of Jewish support that he received in 2008. We believe that the “buyer’s remorse” in the Jewish community among those who voted for Obama in ‘08 is a result of disillusionment with the President’s policies on the economy and on foreign policy, including Israel, and that it is a big factor in the erosion of support for the President.”

Background:
Comparison of AJC poll with exit polls from election years 2000, 2004, and 2008 showing the percentage of the Jewish vote in Florida received by the Democratic presidential candidate:

Sources:
2000 election, Al Gore
http://www.gqrr.com/articles/1215/727_The%20Jewish%20Vote%20in%202004.pdf, page 11

2004 election, John Kerry
http://forward.com/articles/4438/jewish-voters-flock-to-kerry-but-polls-show-sligh/

2008 election, Barack Obama
http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=849241&ct=12190405

2012 AJC poll
http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=846741&ct=12190055