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  • 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

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    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...

  • Economy more than anything drove Jewish vote, poll data shows

    January 17, 2013 | 10:32 am

    The economy was the strongest determinant for Jews who voted for Barack Obama, according to an analysis of polling data.

    "Not only do Jews hold fairly liberal to progressive positions on economic justice issues, their views on such matters emerge as the principal decision-making...

  • Computer woes force Likud to extend hours in primary vote

    November 25, 2012 | 11:22 am

    Polls will remain open past midnight in Likud Party primary voting following computer malfunctions at several polling stations.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chairman of the ruling Likud, made the announcement Sunday of the longer voting hours following malfunctions at...

  • Security could intimidate, so Sinai Temple moves polling places outdoors

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 6, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Polling places often move around from year to year, but normally not on Election Day itself, as happened to the polls at Sinai Temple this year.

    On Nov. 6, when the day began, 14 booths were positioned inside the West Coast’s largest and oldest Conservative synagogue. But after...

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  • 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...

  • Obama’s Jewish support rises

    April 30, 2012 | 10:09 am

    President Obama enjoys the support of three-fifths of American Jews, according to the latest American Jewish Committee (AJC) survey, a significant improvement over where he stood half a year ago in the organization’s polling.

    The poll, released on April 30, shows Obama with 61...

  • Mitt Romney narrowly wins Ohio in Super Tuesday split

    March 6, 2012 | 10:44 pm

    Super Tuesday Republican primaries were a race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Republicans selected a Jewish veteran for Ohio’s senate run, and Dennis Kucinich lost his bid for reelection.

    Ten states went to the polls Tuesday in what is the biggest election day of primary...

  • So, is Obama now the Israelis’ new political darling?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2011 | 6:09 am

    I had to go to the doctor’s yesterday, and luckily, he was one of those doctors who also reads the paper from time to time, and not just any paper – but Maariv, the paper for which I write a weekly column in Hebrew. Last week, I wrote about South Carolina (he thought it was North...

  • Muslim Brotherhood says it leads Egypt’s vote count

    November 30, 2011 | 10:25 am

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s party said on Wednesday its alliance was leading in Egypt’s election, which would give the nation’s oldest Islamist group a powerful parliamentary platform to challenge the authority of ruling army generals.

    State television said first-round results in...

  • Doubt, fear as Egyptians head to polls

    March 15, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    The distance between the speaker on the stage and the hundreds of spectators seated in front of him in the coastal city of Ismailia was not very far. But the gap between the thoughts and the enthusiasm of the two sides was unimaginably huge.

    The talk in this street rally —...

  • On Election Day, Jewish Dems face challenges

    November 2, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Several Jewish Democratic incumbents are fighting for their political survival as Americans head to the polls.

    Lawmakers under threat Tuesday in a midterm election cycle that has seen a conservative/Republican resurgence include U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Reps. Ron Klein...

  • Jewish support of Obama is dropping, AJC survey finds

    October 12, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Jewish approval of President Obama is dropping, a new national survey found.

    Some 49 percent of U.S. Jews approved of the Obama administration’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations, according to a just-completed American Jewish Committee survey, and 45 percent disapproved.

    An AJC...

  • Standing in the polls

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

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  • Three Iranian Jews run for seats on Beverly Hills City Council

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Beverly Hills voters head to the polls on March 6 to fill two vacant City Council seats, and among the six contenders vying for the spots are three Iranian Jews.

    The candidates, incumbent Beverly Hills Vice Mayor Jimmy Delshad, business consultant Shahram Melamed and attorney Maggie...

  • California Jewish voters maintain liberal reputation

    By Tom Tugend

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    California's Jewish voters upheld their liberal reputation in Tuesday's election, despite a strong effort by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) to focus on the Bush administration's pro-Israel record.

    While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won reelection by nearly 55 percent of the...

  • Measure ‘R’ contains curious ‘reform’

    By Jill Stewart

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On November's ballot, tucked among the local measures affecting only Los Angeles, is curious Measure R, a plan by the Los Angeles City Council to provide each of the 15 council members an extra $570,000 in pay, by my own estimate roughly $1.25 million in subsidized health care per...
  • Dems and Don’ts

    By Rob Eshman

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday evening, in a Westwood office tower, I sat behind a one-way mirror and watched a group of about 30 voters -- half Democrats, half Republicans -- respond to images and opinions about Israel's war in Lebanon.

    Pollster Frank Luntz had arranged the session as part of his...

  • Israeli Government Gets on With It

    By Dan Baron

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is resigning itself to politics without Ariel Sharon.

    Shock gripped the Jewish state last week when Sharon was hospitalized with a massive stroke, turning to fears for the worst when he underwent repeated surgery.

    Doctors said it could take time to ascertain whether Sharon...

  • Our Faux Democracy

    By Jill Stewart

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The average California voter doesn't know what "redistricting" is. Many voters don't even know what a "voting district" is. The aversion among California voters to such wonky issues goes a long way to explaining why Proposition 77, a long-overdue reform, is struggling.

    Most...

  • Schwarzenegger Is Losing Jewish Vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In November 2003, California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Arnold Schwarzenegger. White voters backed the recall by a large margin, but Jewish voters swam against the tide, with 69 percent voting against the recall. On the second part of the ballot, where...

  • Gaza Settler Pullout Protest Draws 500

    By David Finnigan

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More than 500 demonstrators, mostly Orthodox Jews, gathered in front of the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles last weekend to oppose Israel's planned, upcoming pullout of settlers from Gaza.

    The two-hour Sunday afternoon rally drew the largest gathering yet of several recent...

  • Twice Upon a Time

    By Howard Blume

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The adoring crowd, a beaming Antonio Villaraigosa, a message of inclusiveness and leadership -- the image could have been from four years ago, when Villaraigosa's campaign for mayor energized much of Los Angeles.

    But this time, Villaraigosa also got the more votes than the...

  • Villaraigosa Gets Hertzberg Boost

    By Howard Blume

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The final act of Hertzberg-for-Mayor played out last week, with Bob Hertzberg endorsing challenger Antonio Villaraigosa. And although there was some unexpected drama, the endorsement itself proved anticlimactic: Villaraigosa already had surged to a comfortable double-digit lead in...

  • New Study Breaks Down 2004 Election

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Newly compiled information suggests that a few more Jews voted for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry last November than originally reported, and highlights several areas where Republicans are gaining momentum within the Jewish community.

    The analysis by the Solomon...

  • Jewish Vote Polls Miss Big Picture

    By Arnold Steinberg

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A new poll claims 75 percent of Jews favor John Kerry.

    Anna Greenberg said her findings prove President Bush has made "literally no progress" among Jewish voters.

    "Something smells here," responded Matt Brooks.

    Democrat Greenberg's poll was funded by the pro-Kerry National Jewish...

  • Candidates Eye the Jewish Vote

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that it's down to John Kerry versus George W. Bush, American Jews -- prominent in swing states in what could be a close election -- can expect plenty of attention.

    "Anything that moves a few hundred or a few thousand voters one way or another in any state can cause a seismic...

  • Is America Ready for a Jewish President?

    By Mel Levine

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Is America ready for a Jewish president?

    According to a Gallup Poll released this month, as well as other polling data, the answer is a resounding yes.

    Despite this polling data, some Jews are fearful that "America is not ready" for a Jewish president. Or in a variation on that...

  • The Party Line

    By Gil Sedan

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 30 political parties are vying in Israel's Jan. 28 general elections.

    According to the latest polls, about 15 parties stand a chance of getting at least 1.5 percent of the vote, the threshold for getting at least one of the Knesset's 120 seats.

    Following is a guide to the...

  • Scandal Could End Sharons Career

    By Leslie Susser

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even if he is reelected, the financial scandal dogging him could spell the end of Ariel Sharon's political career.

    Sharon is accused of taking an illegal loan from a South African friend to pay off other illegal loans to his past political campaigns. The prime minister has not been...

  • The Good Fence

    By Rob Eshman

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Secretary of State Colin Powell spent a week in the Middle East and managed to extract from Israeli and Arab leaders concessions that were promising and far-reaching -- for 1991.

    That was when another Republican secretary of state, James Baker, flexed the muscle that another...

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