For decades, America’s Jewish community has supported the Democratic Party. Though many think of Jews as being very conservative and tight with their money, they are actually quite liberal when it comes to their politics and it is this liberalism that has long made them align with the Democratic Party.
However, that alignment may be in the decline since Barack Obama took office four years ago. According to a recent Gallup Poll, Jewish support of Obama has dropped 10% from what it was in 2008. When he first ran for office four years ago, Obama had the support of 74% of Jewish voters. Today, that number has dropped to 64%.
While that is still a relatively high percentage of Jews, it is a startling trend that has not been seen within the Jewish voting community since 1988 when Democrat Michael Dukakis lost the presidential election to George H W Bush. Dukakis’s support among Jewish voters hit the same level as that of Barack Obama currently.
Jewish voters may only make up about 2% of the general population, but when you add this downward trend to the downward trends among many black and Hispanic populations, it all adds up to a foreboding outlook for Obama come November. One needs to also take into account that Jewish voters take their right to vote seriously with nearly 83% of them voting in general registrations.
It appears that a number of different minority or religious sectors in the country have been slowly turning their support away from Barack Obama. Now we have to hope that Mitt Romney is able to pick up that support and turn it to his advantage.