The Jewish Vote in Presidential Elections

By Jonathan D. Sarna

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, January 2012

The author discusses the history of Jewish voting patterns in the Presidential election. He states that focusing on presidential elections since 1980, it appears that about 30 percent of Jewish voters may be characterized as swing voters, swayed by general as well as Jewish issues, particularly the economy, Israel, and church-state issues. When the majority of these voters swing toward the Republicans, it sends a warning to the Democratic Party. In close presidential elections, swing voters like these hold the balance of power on election night. Consequently, as politicians since 1868 have recognized, neither party can take the Jewish vote for granted.

Topic: Political Behavior, History, Elections, Democratic Party, Republican Party, GOP, Politics, Voting

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.686

Page Number(s): 3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sarna, Jonathan D. The Jewish Vote in Presidential Elections. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. January 2012: 3.


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