Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
New survey by a Democratic pollster indicates that Democratic Party’s presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys 66 percent of “Jewish support” in Florida, liberal magazine New Republic reports.
According to the Saturday report, the poll conducted by Jim Gerstein further shows that Jewish support in the southeastern US state for the Republican nominee Donald Trump stands at only 23 percent, mocking the Republican Party’s persisting “outreach” efforts to Jewish Americans – which represent a mere 2-percent of overall voters across the US – to win their vote through “hawkish support” for the Israeli regime.
This is while US-based Jewish voters – the majority of whom reportedly hold dual Israeli citizenship – have historically backed Democratic presidential candidates by wide margins.
A 2015 Gallup poll, however, showed “a continuing shift in the political affiliation among American Jews” with majority of them “leaning Republican” by a margin of 61-29, compared to 2008, when they leaned Democratic by 71-22.
Hillary Clinton addresses the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). (file photo)
The state of Florida is home to a relatively large population of mostly elderly and retired Jewish Americans and their political inclination serves as representative of overall Jewish vote across the country.
According to the latest poll, only Orthodox Jews in the state picked Trump over Clinton by a margin of 66 to 22 percent, while non-Orthodox potential Jewish voters supported the Democratic candidate by 72 percent to 22 percent.
Moreover, the Democratic Party survey shows, the candidates’ personal favorability ratings point to “an astounding contrast:” Clinton is at 57 percent favorable, to only 33 percent unfavorable; Trump enjoys a 21-percent favorability and an overwhelming 71 percent unfavorablity. Similarly, the Democratic Party’s favorability is at 57 percent to 31 percent, while the Republican Party is at just 19 percent to 67 percent.
Therefore, the report concludes, Trump may likely do even worse than Mitt Romney in 2012. According to the 2012 exit poll in Florida, President Barack Obama won the Jewish vote there with 66 percent, against 30 percent for Romney.
The influential liberal magazine further attributes the low Jewish support for Trump to the Republican nominee’s affiliation with “white supremacist,” his reported reputation “to have kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside,” as well as his campaign pledge in late 2015 to support the “Merry Christmas” slogan during end-of-the-year holiday season instead of the more politically correct “happy holidays” slogan, preferred by Jewish institutions.
The development comes as pollsters from both dominant political parties in the US continuously conduct opinion polls during the months leading up to the presidential election to publicize support for their respective issues and causes.