Obama's Jewish Support

Sen. Barack Obama has received the endorsement of three leading Jewish newspapers:

Here's a very moving video by Israelis who support Obama.


8% of Florida's voters are Jewish.

George W. Bush got an estimated 19 percent of the Jewish vote in 2000 and may have won as much as 25 percent in 2004. Republicans have sought to exceed that percentage this year. Even a small fluctuation could be significant in a state that was famously decided by 537 votes in 2000.

As for the polls:

A Gallup poll released on Oct. 23 had Sen. Barack Obama winning 74 percent of the Jewish vote in the presidential race, up 13 points from July.

A Quinnipiac University poll released the same day has Obama beating out Sen. John McCain among Florida Jews by more than 3-to-1.

Both candidates had outreach efforts to Jewish voters.

But McCain’s efforts to woo Jewish voters seemed to take a blow with his nomination of Sarah Palin, which spawned a second round of news stories — these about elderly Jews who were now grudgingly planning to vote for Obama. Between Palin and the burgeoning economic crisis, McCain’s poll numbers among Jewish voters appeared to take a late tumble.

By the time the election rolled into view, Republican proclamations about the Jewish vote had become more muted, and many observers suggested that, predictions to the contrary, the Jewish vote would not be seen as radically different from those of past years.

Forbes says Sarah Silverman's The Great Schlep made have had an impact.

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    Nu? (none / 0) (#1)
    by LarryInNYC on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 02:28:07 PM EST
    Sen. Barack Obama has received the endorsement of the country's leading three Jewish newspapers:

    Most people include the New York Times in that list. . .

    Also, my pro-forma post. . . (none / 0) (#2)
    by LarryInNYC on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 02:33:46 PM EST
    whenever the issue of Jewish support for Democrats is raised.

    The problem isn't with Jewish support.  It's with white Christian support.  Get them to vote the way  we Jews do, and we wouldn't have to worry about whether Obama was getting 75% or 65% of the Jewish vote.

    My mother, the typical 85 year old NY Jewish mom (none / 0) (#3)
    by steviez314 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 02:34:04 PM EST
    is voting for Obama.

    She's a little nervous about it, not over policy, but she worries that if he becomes President, someone would try to kill him.  (She worries a lot about me too!)

    Whenver we talk politics, she says 2 things:

    1.  What was McCain thinking about when he picked THAT idiot.

    2.  He says SUCH mean things...like who cares about that PLO thing.

    One day I'd love to go to Israel and (none / 0) (#4)
    by cpa1 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 03:34:34 PM EST
    take my entire family.  I know lots of people have gone but I don't feel it is safe enough for me.  I really would love to be there to feel my Jewish heritage, even though I'm not practicing and I am closer to being an agnostic.

    However, what I came from is real and Israel represents all of that.  Under the Republicans, I am sure I'd never get there.  I am sure there would never be peace because peace doesn't suit their lies.  They breed off hate and fear and they would never be the catalyst for peace.  I think when Jews get logical they see that.  Obama could be one of the better chances we will ever have to end the lunacy and fighting in the Middle East.  When it comes to Israel, I think Obama is the one for Jews to get behind.  "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran" McCain will never get us there.

    Not to nitpick (none / 0) (#5)
    by fuzzyone on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 03:49:28 PM EST
    But the actual post at NJDC says "three leading jewish newspapers."  I think changing it to the three leading jewish newspapers is not accurate.  The Forward is a biggie, and I don't think they have made an endorsement.  The Jewish Week in New York is also huge and appears to have made no endorsement.

    I made the correction (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 07:14:27 PM EST

    Want to point a something (none / 0) (#6)
    by koshembos on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 03:56:57 PM EST
    Some Israelis want Obama tp help reach peace with the Palestinians. This should be read as, "we know that he'll be tough on us but also fair and that is what we need." One said, we don't need another Bush who did nothing for peace. I believe they have it right.

    Thank you for posting that. (none / 0) (#7)
    by jerry on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 04:13:42 PM EST
    It is indeed very moving.

    One thing that pisses me off about Obama supporters is how quick so many are are to call elderly Jews racists.

    I have voted for Obama, but my dealings with so many of his supporters in the past six months are such that I have to admit to being totally disgusted with much of his campaign.

    I agree with the opinions in this video, and pray, from their lips to god's ears....