Mitt Romney traveled to Israel Saturday to improve his chances with American voters interested in US-Israel relations. In particular, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is trying to shore up his support among Jewish voters.
But he shouldn’t expect to much of a bump at the polls. At least not according to a new report that says American Jews will vote in November how they typically vote: primarily for the Democratic presidential candidate.
The report, “Making Sense of the Jewish Vote,” predicts Jewish Americans will follow historical precedent and largely vote Democrat this fall. Moreover, Jewish voters will have a negligible effect on the presidential election’s outcome, even in swing states, said Jim Gerstein, a pollster with polling firm GBA Strategies who compiled the report.
As with most Americans, the economy is Jewish voters’ greatest concern, not Israel, according to Gerstein, who cited a 2010 poll that found only 7 percent considered Israel a top priority.
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