American Jews and the 2012 election


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.

Listen to the mp3

[audio: 101111_100630.mp3]

WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal