A new Gallop opinion poll has found that Jewish support for US President Barack Obama stands at about 64%, news that has political analysts wondering what—if anything—the results mean.
Both sides seized on the new numbers, which are about the same as they were between Obama and John McCain during June of 2008, although lower than the support Obama received during the election. The right has tried to prove that Jews are becoming more conservative while the left has tried to prove that nothing has changed, and the latest Gallop poll is likely to do nothing to prove anyone’s point.
The Commander-in-Chief enjoys a 35% lead among Jews over his opponent Mitt Romney, but with the two polling neck-and-neck among all voters, a dip in Jewish support could deal a serious blow to either candidate. While Jews make up only a fraction of US voters, their concentration in the swing state of Florida means that Obama and Romney could face a tough fight heading into the November election.