One News Now — In 2008, 78 percent of America’s Jewish voters voted for Barack Obama — second only to the African-American vote, which was 97 percent. But a New York Times bestselling author doubts the president will receive that same kind of support from the Jewish community this year.
Near the end of his first term, many submit that President Barack Obama is the most anti-Israel president in U.S. history. Though still overwhelmingly Democrat, the latest Gallup poll indicates President Obama’s support among Jews has eroded by some 15 percent.
Ed Klein, author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, claims the decline could make a difference in swing states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania that have a large contingent of Jewish voters. But according to a recent Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll, Obama still holds the lead in all three (see earlier story).
“He has done two things that I think have offended the Jewish-American community,” Klein notes. “He’s been anti-business, anti-free market, anti-capitalism [and] anti-individualism. And two, he has been very critical … blunt and unfriendly toward Israel.”