The Forward admits it: More Jews are becoming Republicans
A Pew poll has found - and the Forward has reluctantly admitted it - that since 2008 more Jews are shifting to the Republican party
“The increase among Jews is greater than in the general public, and greater than the increase in an number of other religious groups,” said Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at Pew.
Jews who support or lean Republican jumped from 20% in 2008 to 29% in 2011. And Jews who support or lean Democratic fell from 72% in 2008 to 65% in 2011. The 2011 study has a 6.5% margin of error.
Republican Jewish officials greeted the survey as a confirmation of trend they claim to have observed for years.
“Jews are shifting away from their traditional allegiance to the Democratic Party and are showing a willingness to support the Republican,” said Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “”The Democrats continue to lose support among Jewish voters.”
Democrats pooh-poohed the study.
“Republicans have been saying for more than 30 years that ‘this will be the year’ Jews will move to the Republican Party, and it has simply never materialized,” said David A. Harris, president of the National Jewish Democratic Council. “I’m confident 2012 will be no different and Jews will continue to vote overwhelmingly Democratic.”
The report’s broader findings suggest support for the Republican Party has increased among all major religious groups.
Even with the dip, Jews remain more Democratic than any religious group but Black Protestants. But the change among Jewish voters is particularly significant, given Jews’ traditional ties to the Democrats.
Hope springs eternal.... Unfortunately, more Jews are concerned that their daughters 'don't miss out on anything' (as Obama explained his support for unrestricted abortion not too long ago) than are concerned with the future existence of a Jewish state.
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