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Most Jewish Voters Favor Obama For Re-election

More than six in ten Jewish voters support President Barack Obama for re-election, as only 4 percent define Israel as the most important issue influencing their vote, new survey reveals. The survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 62 percent of Jewish voters prefer Obama over a generic Republican.

From the voters who backed Obama in 2008, 86 percent want him reelected - with only 7 percent crossing over to support a generic Republican. However, 35 percent of Jewish voters rate themselves as "disappointed" with the Obama presidency, while 33 percent rate themselves as "satisfied." Meanwhile, 46 percent of Obama's Jewish supporters report that, while they support him, they're "not excited" about casting a ballot for him.

Of the one-third of American Jews that prefer a Republican candidate, 56 percent said they support Mitt Romney.

36 percent of the Jewish voters polled said they are "not sure" about their opinion of how Obama is handling the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"There has been some speculation about possible movements toward the GOP among Jewish voters, but the current state of the race suggests that this year's Jewish vote will resemble past elections," said Daniel Cox, PRRI research director said in a statement. "The likely Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, is unpopular among most Jewish voters, and the GOP's signature campaign proposal—repealing the recent health care law—is opposed by nearly six-in-ten American Jews."

by RTT Staff Writer

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