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Gallup Poll Reveals Significant Number of American Jews Shifting to GOP


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Jews have been leaning more Republican than Democrat in recent years, according to a new Gallup poll. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A new Gallup poll has found that 29 percent of Jewish Americans identified as Republicans or leaned towards the GOP in 2014, up from 22 percent in 2008.

Meanwhile, support for Democrats among Jews dropped to 61 percent between 2008 and 2014, down 10 percent.

Jewish Americans’ political leanings vary significantly by religiosity, gender and education, Gallup noted. The poll also discovered that highly religious and Jewish men are more likely to be Republican than less observant Jews and Jewish women. Jews with lower levels of education are also more likely to be Republicans than those with more education.

The poll results were based on 2014 Gallup Daily tracking interviews with a random sample of 4,116 Americans who identified their religion as Jewish. Telephone interviews were conducted from Jan. 2 to Dec. 30, 2014. People questioned were aged 18 and older, and lived in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

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The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) said the poll’s findings prove that the GOP continues to make progress with Jewish voters.

“Republicans have gained support in the Jewish community in five of the last six national elections,” the group said in a released statement on Wednesday. “The RJC has worked over past election cycles to increase Jewish support for Republicans, helping Mitt Romney get 31 percent of the Jewish vote up from 22 percent in 2008. We are encouraged by the trend and the continued inroads the GOP is making with the Jewish community.”

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