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  • Cruz ‘n Jews

    December 15, 2015 | 8:34 am

    If senators got report cards they way children do in school, Ted Cruz's would say "does not play well with others" every time.

    He's been called the Senate's "most reviled members," and that's just among his fellow Republicans.

    But the junior senator from Texas seems to like...

  • The Hillary-Jeb gap in support for Protective Edge (and more notes about the 2014 Jewish vote)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 6, 2014 | 9:27 am


    We should begin by stating a simple truth: whatever your political affiliation is, it's reasonable to assume that the 2014 Jewish vote assessment by left-wing organization J Street is more accurate than the number mentioned in the right-wing Republican Jewish Coalition’s press...

  • Studying Jewish Holy-tics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    This article, in a slightly shorter and slightly different version, first appeared in the IHT-NYT

    SOUTH BEACH COUNTY, Florida - Surprising a small group of fellow Jews sitting in a classroom, I got my first first-hand lesson on the technicalities of Florida voting. As boring as...

  • 5 comments on the Florida Jewish vote

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2012 | 9:16 am

    There is an interesting survey from last week by the American Jewish Committee (click here to see it). Only 254 registered Jewish voters in Florida were interviewed, and the margin of error, accordingly, is "not negligible", at 6%. Nevertheless, it is an interesting survey for the...

  • Rabbis for Obama? Of prophets, the Orthodox—and disingenuousness

    By Mark Paredes

    August 24, 2012 | 11:47 pm

    I was disappointed, but not surprised, to hear that hundreds of liberal rabbis nationwide have once again decided to publicly endorse Barack Obama for president. Over 613 “Rabbis for Obama” have signed up, twice the number of endorsers in 2008. Although I would love to see those...

  • How Ryan will motivate Jewish voters

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 13, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate on the Republican ticket will help win Jewish votes.  For the Democrats.

    Ryan may help Romney shore up support among Tea Partiers and evangelicals who don’t really trust his claims of conversion to their cause, but it is...

  • Jerusalem a wedge issue? You bet

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 7, 2012 | 6:46 am

    ‎“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning” ‎‎(Psalm 137:5)‎

    ‎“It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of ‎Israel,” presidential candidate Mitt Romney said last week, during his visit to the ‎Eternal City. And no...

  • Dog bites man: American Jews vote (overwhelmingly) Democratic, says new study

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 11, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    With Republican leaders predicting a massive shift of Jewish voters away from President Barack Obama this November, a new study shows just how reliably Democratic Jewish voters are.

    The study, conducted by Democratic pollsters Mark Mellman and Aaron Strauss with University of...

  • Will the Jews vote for a losing Romney?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2012 | 11:59 am

    A compilation of many previous posts plus some new comments has been made into a long ‎feature and published in the print edition under the headline So, How Many Jews ‎will Vote for Mitt Romney? ‎

    The extended article ends with the following paragraph:‎

    If Romney gets half...

  • Political tidbits: Another Jew in the House

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2012 | 12:17 pm


    With another primary day over, body count can begin: Sherman in, ‎Berman in, Rothman out, Wilmer out, Lowenthal in, Schiff in. Our ‎House Jewish Projection page has been updated. We’ve also changed our over‎all projection from -4 to -3. It might be a little bit on...

  • The latest poll: 55% Democrat, 22% Republican

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2012 | 8:59 am

    In our previous Jewish Party Identification post we were able to bring some ‎order to the seemingly conflicting numbers from different polls - putting the ‎percentage of Jewish Democrats on 65%-68% and the percentage of Jewish ‎Republicans on 27%-29%. What we have in this post...

  • How many Jewish votes can Romney get?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    There are the truisms we already know: Jews is news and all its identical twins. ‎And there’s the fact that no matter how tiny the Jewish community might be – ‎‎1.5-2% of the population – the battle for Jewish votes is extensively reported ‎and analyzed. And there’s...

  • Finally more clarity: 27%-29% of Jews tilt Republican‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 2, 2012 | 10:35 am

    There’s nothing earth shattering about the new AJC survey of American Jewish ‎opinion. Support for Obama among American Jews is slightly higher today than it was ‎half a year ago, but is still not very high. As Ron Kampeas reported: “The AJC’s new ‎findings are similar to those of...

  • March 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2012 | 6:23 am

    In Iran Standoff Netanyahu May Be Bluffing

    Benjamin Netanyahu could be playing a clever game when it comes to Iran, and may well actually be in cahoots with Barack Obama, writes Jeffrey Goldberg in Bloomberg

    The former Israeli military official I spoke with Sunday in Tel Aviv...

  • Must Read, February 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 9, 2012 | 4:54 am

    U.S. and Israel Split on Speed of Iran Threat

    Washington and Jerusalem are at odds over if and when to take military action over Iran’s nuclear program, write Mark Landler and David E. Sanger in the New York Times

    The Israelis have zeroed in on Iran’s plan to put much of its...

  • The most interesting question about the Florida Jewish vote

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 23, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    It is much too early to discuss the impact Jewish voters might have on the 2012 election. The number of Jewish voters is small, and its significance will depend on how close the vote will be in several key states in which Jewish voters can tip the scale in one direction or another....

  • Romney’s deal-closing skills appealing to Jewish Republicans

    July 5, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    For all the talk among pundits of Mitt Romney’s charisma problem, Romney’s Jewish supporters say what’s most inspiring about the Republican presidential candidate is that he actually does rather than just talk.

    Furthermore, the very characteristics that cost the former...

  • A provocateur to some, Michele Bachmann also offers Jewish voters common cause

    June 28, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    Michele Bachmann in a bathroom confronted by two lesbians and screaming for help, or Bachmann at the Western Wall surrounded by Jews and weeping with joy.

    Where your politics are likely will determine which incident involving Bachmann you’d highlight.

    But supporters of Bachmann, a...

  • Poll suggests surge in Jewish support for GOP

    August 19, 2010 | 9:35 am

    A poll based on a small sample suggests that Jewish identification with Republicans has surged.

    The Pew Research Center poll breaks down party support by religion. It shows that 33 percent of U.S. Jewish voters identify or lean toward Republicans this year, up from 20 percent in...

  • Poll: Obama hits wall with ‘undecided’ Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 26, 2008 | 5:07 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Barack Obama has hit a wall of Jewish indecision.

    The American Jewish Committee survey published Thursday shows the Democratic presidential nominee still hovering around 60 percent among Jewish voters. His big problem: the undecideds.

    The U.S. senator from...
  • Handicapping the 2008 Presidential Race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Just one year after the congressional elections, we are nearing the first caucuses and primaries. California votes on Feb. 5. While Jews are expected to vote for the Democratic nominee in large numbers, Republicans hope to cut into that margin, and also to compete for campaign...
  • Correcting the tilt in Jewish politics—it’s not just Israel, stupid

    By James D. Besser

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    What will it take to convince politicians that Jewish voters care about a wide range of issues, not just Israel?

    The creative folks at the Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) think they have an answer.

    This week the group is conducting an online survey of domestic priorities, with the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Claims Unfounded

    Professor Barry Steiner's claims that had I written more extensively about David Irving in "Denying the Holocaust" this lawsuit might have been avoided is completely unfounded (Letters, Mar. 11). He might have better served his argument by offering some proof,...

  • Jews Must Choose

    By Marc B. Haefele

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    By what criteria should Jewish voters select Los Angeles' next mayor? The March 8 election is looming as a referendum on first-term incumbent James K. Hahn.

    As professor Raphael J. Sonenshein of California State University, Fullerton noted in an earlier Jewish Journal column,...

  • 2004 Takes Some Unexpected Turns

    By James D. Besser

    December 30, 2004 | 6:59 pm


    There's nothing as risky as end-of-year predictions, as 2004 so painfully demonstrated.

    Twelve months ago, otherwise sober analysts were predicting a political upheaval among Jewish voters and that Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor, was a cinch to win the 2004 Democratic...

  • GOP’s Tough Task

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has taken a fateful turn in the past several weeks. The rise -- or re-emergence -- of Sen.

    John Kerry of Massachusetts, the decline of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and the withdrawal of Sen. Joe Lieberman make the quadrennial...

  • What Went

    By Matthew E. Berger

    February 5, 2004 | 7:01 pm

    Four years ago, he was the toast of the Jewish world, the favorite son who became a symbol of opportunity for American Jews in the United States.

    But when he went out on his own this time around, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) failed to catch on as a top-tier candidate.


  • Democratic Races Poses Hard Choices

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish voters are an important constituency in national elections, concentrated in such electoral vote-rich states as California, New York, Florida and Illinois. However, they are even more important in the struggle for the Democratic presidential nomination, comprising an important...

  • The Ethnic Revolution

    By James D

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Contrary to the ever-hopeful predictions of the Republicans, Jewish voters proved remarkably resistant to change in this month's congressional voting.

    But that predictability -- Jews voted overwhelmingly Democratic, with a few regional exceptions -- belies a seismic shift in ethnic...