Surprising results from a poll by a liberal fraternal organization with strong Yiddish roots, The Workmen’s Circle. The very not liberal Commentary explains why the poll spells trouble for President Obama’s reelection efforts among American Jews:
despite the effort of the poll’s left-wing sponsor to treat this as a victory for the incumbent, it actually confirms the fact that the president is bleeding Jewish support this year and appears to be falling far short of the share of the community’s vote that he won in 2008. With the poll showing him getting only 59 percent of the Jewish vote as opposed to the 78 percent he received four years ago, there is no disguising a drastic decline in support for the Democrat.
There are still a lot of undecided American Jewish voters, and I’d expect Obama to pick up many of them. But if his numbers didn’t improve, Obama in 2012 would be the lowest performing Democratic presidential candidate aside from Jimmy Carter. And we all know how American Jews feel about Carter.
The question is: Why?
Commentary has some ideas: “picking fights with Israel” and “the president’s handling of the economy.”
I tend to think that Obama gets an unfair shake on both issues. We’ll see if voters agree in the fall.