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September 28, 2012 6:52 am

New Poll: 65% of American Jews Support Obama, Orthodox Prefer Romney

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Photo: White House and Gage Skidmore.

Sixty-five percent of respondents in an American Jewish Committee (AJC) poll released Sept. 27 said they plan to vote for incumbent President Barack Obama, while 24 percent prefer challenger Mitt Romney.

But the poll, which surveyed 1,040 American Jews, revealed 54 percent of Orthodox Jewish respondents favoring Romney compared with 40 percent for Obama. Conservative Jews backed Obama 64-23 percent, and Reform Jews supported the Democrat 68-23 percent.

Ten percent of respondents were undecided about November’s election. Sixty-one percent approved of Obama’s handling of the Iranian nuclear threat and 39 percent disapproved.

AJC’s survey of Florida Jewish voters earlier in September had Obama leading Romney 69-25 percent in that critical swing state.

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