Gallup Poll on American Jewish Voting Patterns
The Gallup Organization released this week its latest study on Jewish voting patterns. The 2014 polling data concluded that “ 29% of American Jews” are now Republicans. In turn, Gallup reported that support among Jews for the Democratic Party had dropped since 2008 by ten percentage points, compared to the general voter shift of seven percent in favor of the GOP.
More religious Jews and American Jewish males comprised the base for Republican Jewish support. The study also concluded that “Jews with lower levels of education are more likely to be Republicans than those with more formal education.”
What the study did not indicate is the growing number of American Jews who classify themselves today as “independent” voters. Other polling research has noted that at least 20% of Jewish voters identify themselves as holding no party affiliation.
Gallup Poll Link: Three American Jews Identify as Republicans
Steven Windmueller, a professor emeritus from Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles and the author of the recently released study on Jewish political behavior, The Quest for Power, commenting on the study, noted: “ The Gallup Report will accelerate the debate about changing Jewish political loyalties. As the nation gears up for the 2016 Presidential election, the role of Jewish voters, especially those residing in ‘swing states,’ will once again draw particular political interest on the part of presidential candidates and both parties.”