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American Jews Having Second Thoughts? — UPDATE

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Friday, April 16, 2010, 5: 50 AM

New poll of American Jews opinion of Obama’s performance shows new hope for American Jews over the previous poll I spoke about at 2010 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion

Looks like more American Jews have decided they don’t want to be useful idiots for Obama.

According to the 2008 exit polls, Barack Obama won 78% to 21% among Jewish voters. Now, in the second year of Obama’s presidency, only 42% of voters would re-elect him, while the plurality (46%) would consider voting for someone else.

The poll question:

    Would you vote to re-elect Barack Obama as President or would you consider voting for someone else?

    Re-Elect — 42
    Someone Else — 46
    Don’t Know/Refused — 12

These results have to be compared to the almost 60% margin that Jews gave Obama in the 2008 election. He’s lost a whole lot of support here, and I predict he will lose more. But American Jews are still, IMHO, liberal Democrats first before everything else. I wouldn’t count on them voting for any Republicans this November, in spite of how much the Democrats have spit in their faces.

UPDATE: Cornell Law School Professor William Jacobson doesn’t buy it. He thinks the poll referred to above, done by McLaughlin & Associates, is wrong. He says this:

    I don’t believe it.

    As in, I do not think it is accurate.

    There is no Obamamania like the American Jewish Obamamania. The Reform Judaism movement practically was a division of Obama for America.

    Thousand of years of undeserved self-imposed guilt trips culminated in the Mother of All Guilt Trips, also known as the 2008 election.

    Oh, how the Jewish community kvelled when Obama won. The Mother of All Kvells.

    I never could explain it in any rational terms. If was as if electing someone who worshiped in Jeremiah Wright’s church and hung out with anti-Israel academics would … well, like I said, I never could explain it in rational terms.

    Anyone with a knowledge of pathological psychology who can tell me the term to describe someone who falls in love with someone who doesn’t love them back?

    “Glutton for punishment” comes to mind, but there must be a more precise term.

    Maybe things are changing. Maybe the way Obama pissed all over Bibi Netanyahu was the wake up call. Maybe the Jewish community simply is falling into line with national averages, the well-known “return to sanity” phenomenon.

    Maybe. But I’ll need a lot more proof than one poll.

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  1. Obama’s Contempt For Israel — And Jews? « TeeJaw said, on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 9: 20 AM at 9:20 AM

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