Jewish American Voting Behavior 1972-2008: Just the Facts

By Mark S. Mellman, Aaron Strauss, Kenneth D. Wald

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
    two-party vote.
  • 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.

Topic: Political Behavior, Elections, Politics, Voting

Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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