n John McCain is gaining a larger share of the traditionally Democratic Jewish vote that could be a deciding factor in several battleground states, according to three recent polls.
He also appears to be more popular among younger Jews than those 55 and over—a striking finding that goes against the common wisdom that older Jews concerned about Barack Obama’s positions on Israel are a threat to the Democrat.
Obama has support among 57 percent of Jewish voters compared to McCain’s 30 percent. Another 13 percent are undecided, according to a telephone survey of one thousand American Jews conducted by the American Jewish Committee.
What’s striking, though, is how small Obama’s support is among a base that traditionally has leaned nearly 3 to 1 in favor of Democrats over the last few decades.
In more promising news for McCain, a poll commissioned by Votefromisrael.org (VFI), a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting voter registration and participation amongst American citizens living in Israel, 76 percent of polled American voters in Israel reported that they had voted for John McCain for President.
More than half of that group would likely be filing absentee ballots for Ohio and Florida. The poll, which was conducted by KEEVOON, a Jerusalem-based Research firm, was based upon data from 817 voters who attended US Election events in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv organized by VFI combined with on-line surveys