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Israeli Jews Prefer Romney, Israeli Arabs Prefer Obama by Wide Margins

October 30, 2012 12:09 am 6 comments

Obama vs. Romney. Photo: wiki commons.

They won’t be voting in the U.S. election, but the attitudes of Israeli Jews leading up to Nov. 6 point strongly in favor of one candidate. The same holds true for Israeli Arabs.

The October 2012 “Peace Index” poll conducted from Oct. 22-24 by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University found that Israeli Jews prefer challenger Mitt Romney over incumbent Barack Obama by a margin of 35 percentage points (57-22), while Israeli Arabs support Obama by 30 points (45-15).

A total of 601 respondents were surveyed over the three days, with a 4.5 percent margin of error.

6 Comments

  • Jerry and Richard:

    You must be school teachers and/or grew up in a democratic households. Under any circumstance you have to look at facts and agendas, and from them draw reasonable conclusions, not just about the past, but about the future as well.
    Obama is running on empty, as reflected in his accomplishments and his campaign. You’d rather live with the certainty of the misery which Obama is institutionalizing, than the misery of the uncertainty associated with change.
    You’re both in lala land.

    • Actually Dennis I was raised in a mutt household -one parent a Democrat -one a Republican.
      Both were active ..One of my wife’s cousins was head of a State politcal party..and we have many in our extended family in journalism-especially investigative journalism … including a recent Pulitzer winner-And a number of editors.
      As for teaching.. I doubt that I have the patience

      As for looking at facts that is what I have done for the past many decades..pondering those facts and taking them to the next step and the next..
      In that mutt household we had to take facts to at least the third step -if not beyond…chess.

  • And this is supposed to be a surprising revelation ??!

    Romney is a Republican ..members of the Republican party have been bashing Islam since..probably before 9/11.
    What is more surprising is that Jews support a Party of Evangelicals…Evangelicals! The name alone means proselytizing. Jews supporting a Party that has just about made Christianity a requisite for candidacy.
    What is even more surprising is that Jews, a small minority in America,live among a population that is at the least seventy five percent Christian and can’t even answer simple questions about the faith of the majority of their countrymen.
    Few Jews can name an epistle..they know only the names of the Gospels that they glean from crossword puzzles.
    Few can discuss even rudimentary Christian theology
    And yet they wholeheartedly support anyone Evangelical who can pronouce “Y’israel”
    Sort of like voting in Germany not having read ‘Mein Kampf’

    • Mention will be nmade aboutJewish Republican candidates..those nice country club suburban types..but they are not the backbone of the party..the mass of Republicans in Congress are from thr Deep South and Midwest..many with Akin,Mourdock,and Braun thoughts and values.
      Jews were elected to office across the deep Deep South( http://isjl.org/history/archive/index.html- )often fullfilling the role of “Shabbos Goy” in performing necessary tasks..the same held true in the West Indies in slavery days where Jews were a disproportionately large segment of the White population..literate,and with commercial contacts..skills needed to make the trade profitable.
      At the end,when no longer needed,the tide of acceptance ebbed.

  • Since it is in Israel’s interest that the US economy be strong, here are some factors to be considered:

    1. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and other Republicans are promoting policies similar to or often worse than those that had such disastrous results during the Bush administration, including converting a three-year major surplus, which was on track to completely eliminate the total federal debt, into a major deficit, creating very few net jobs (none in the private sector), and leaving the country on the brink of a depression, with an average of 750,000 jobs being lost during its last three months. Romney and Ryan are Bush on steroids.

    2. Republicans have obstructed efforts to get our country out of the tremendous ditch they left us in by voting no on and sometimes filibustering many Democratic proposals, some of which they previously supported and sometimes even co-sponsored. Hence, it is not surprising that a recent poll showed that 49% of Americans believe that Republican Congress members are purposely sabotaging the U.S. economy in order to defeat Obama and other Democrats, while only 40% disagree.

    3.. Republicans support continued tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and highly profitable corporations, while basic social services that middle class and poor people depend on are being cut and teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and others are losing their jobs. The Ryan budget would give further tax breaks to the wealthiest 2% of Americans, while increasing taxes for most Americans and cutting programs that most Americans depend on.

    4. Republican legislators have voted against providing funds to save jobs of teachers, police officers, and fire fighters, providing unemployment benefits to long-time unemployed people, and providing medical benefits to 9/11 responders.

    5. Republicans are generally in denial about the tremendous dangers from climate change, despite a very strong consensus in peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and statements by scientific academies all over the world that climate change is a major threat, largely caused by human activities, and despite the many wake-up calls we have been receiving in terms of severe storms, tornados, floods, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. Anyone who thinks that climate change is a hoax promoted by liberals should visit the website of the “Republicans for Environmental Protection.” (www.rep.org) . This conservative group was only able to endorse four percent of Republicans in the 2010 U.S. midterm elections because so many Republicans are in denial about climate change and other environmental threats. Paul Ryan is a climate denier and has a miserable record on the environment. Please check out
    http://truth-out.org/news/item/10855-meet-paul-ryan-climate-denier-conspiracy-theorist-koch-acolyte

    6. The Republican Party has moved far to the right under the influence of the Tea Party. There are very few moderate Republicans in Congress today.

    7. While far more needs to be done, Democrats have enacted policies that have turned the economy away from the possible depression that the Bush administration left the U.S. on the brink of. More net private-sector jobs have been created already during the Obama administration than during the entire eight years of the Bush presidency.

    While Democratic policies have not always lived up to our hopes, largely due to Republican obstructionism, a return to Republican rule would be a nightmare. Hence, it is essential to vote Democratic in 2012.

  • I hope Israeli Jews will consider the following positives about President Obama::

    Obama has taken many positive actions for Israel including: rejecting the Goldstone report that criticized Israeli actions in the war in Gaza; asking Congress to approve a $205 million package to help Israel build a new anti-missile defense system; successfully advocating for Israel’s admission into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; giving a speech in the heart of the Arab world, in which he told his listeners that they need to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state; stating to the UN General Assembly clearly and unequivocally that “Israel is a sovereign state and the historic homeland of the Jewish people” and “It should be clear to all that efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of the US.”

    Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have stated many times that the U.S. has been extremely cooperative in meeting Israel’s security needs.

    Another example of Obama’s strong support for Israel is his very positive response to a frantic, middle-of-the-night call from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that helped free six Israelis who were trapped in the Israeli embassy in Cairo that was under attack by militant Egyptians. After they were freed, Netanyahu said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the President of the United States, Barack Obama. I asked for his help. This was a decisive and fateful moment. He said, “I will do everything I can.” And so he did. He used every considerable means and influence of the United States to help us. We owe him a special measure of gratitude. This attests to the strong alliance between Israel and the United States.”

    On September 22, 2011, Prime Minister Netanyahu heaped additional praise on President Obama for his talk at the United Nations, in which Obama expressed opposition to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, and indicated that he would veto a resolution supporting that recognition in the U.N. Security Council. Netanyahu indicated that Obama deserved a “badge of honor” for that talk.

    People who think President Obama has a negative attitude toward Jews or that he is more sensitive to Muslims than Jews should consider the following: his initial chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is Jewish and the son of Israelis; his present chief of staff Jack Lew is an Orthodox Jew; one of his key advisors David Axlerod, is Jewish, and he is also a key strategist for Obama’s reelection campaign; Obama nominated a Jew, Elana Kagan, as a Supreme Court Justice (even though that left the 9-member Court with three Jews and no Protestant members; he is the first president to have Passover Seders in the White House; and Obama and his cabinet members have frequently stressed their solidarity with Jews and with Israel.

    I think it is important to stress that Israel needs a resolution of her conflict with the Palestinians in order to be able to avert renewed conflict, effectively address her economic, social, and environmental problems, avoid increased isolation and criticism, and remain both a Jewish and a democratic state. Of course this will not be easy to obtain, but I believe it should be a priority, with conditions to provide security for Israel a prime consideration. Failure to obtain such a resolution will have very negative consequences for Israel, the Palestinians, the US, and, indeed, the entire world. Hence, steps to improve prospects for peace should be advanced, and nothing should be done to reduce these prospects.

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