Radio Times

American Jews and the 2012 election

October 11, 2011

Hour 1

President Barack Obama meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 20, 2011 (Charles Dharapak / AP)

Pointing to the defeat of the Democratic congressional candidate in a special election in New York’s heavily Jewish 9th congressional district as an example, Republicans say that support for the President among the American Jewish electorate may be waning.¬† Democrats counter saying Jews are consistently and historically loyal to their party and its candidates including the President.¬† American Jews make up just 2 percent of the nation’s population but because they have a record of high voter turnout, live in important swing states, and are politically activist and generous financial contributors, their vote is considered crucial to the success of any candidacy.¬† We talk about Jewish voters — who they are, who they vote for and what issues are most important when they cast their ballot — with STEVEN WINDMUELLER of Hebrew Union College’s Los Angeles campus, Democratic pollster JIM GERSTEIN and Republican pollster NEIL NEWHOUSE.

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