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Friday, November 20, 2009

New York Jews to vote Republican in 2010?

Here's one way Republicans can attract Jewish voters: Nominate strongly pro-Israel candidates like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (pdf link) (Hat Tip: Rosner's Domain).
But, what if Giuliani makes a bid for the U.S. Senate? Giuliani leads U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat appointed by Governor David Paterson to fill the vacant seat left by Hillary Clinton. 54% of registered voters statewide would vote for Giuliani compared with 40% who would support Gillibrand. Even one-third of Democrats report they would back the Republican challenger, and Giuliani runs competitively against Gillibrand in overwhelmingly Democratic New York City.
Giuliani wins among Catholics, Protestants and Jews. Here's the breakdown by religion:

Religion Gillibrand Giuliani Unsure
Protestant 37% 59% 4%
Catholic 35% 60% 5%
Jewish 39% 52% 9%

Yes, it's early, but this is a good sign.


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