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Jewish American Voting Behavior 1972-2008: Just the Facts
The Solomon Project, July 2012
This extensive analysis of exit poll data yields several key conclusions about the voting behavior of American Jews:
- Jewish presidential voting can be divided into two distinct eras. In the first period, from 1972 through 1988, Republican candidates for president attracted between 31% and 37% of the Jewish vote. In the second period, from 1992 through 2008, the GOP share of the Jewish vote dropped to between 15% and 23%.
- In 2008, Barack Obama captured 74% of the total Jewish vote, which translates into 76% of the
- Jewish voters remain much more Democratic than the rest of the electorate.
- Jews have given even higher levels of support to Democratic congressional candidates.
- A majority of Jewish voters identify themselves as Democrats, and these numbers have proved
remarkably stable over time.
- A large plurality of Jewish voters identifies as liberals, and these numbers too have been
relatively stable over time.
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Mellman, Mark S. Strauss, Aaron. Wald, Kenneth D. Jewish American Voting Behavior 1972-2008: Just the Facts. The Solomon Project. July 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14234