How Can Mitt Swing Florida Jews?

By Ira M. Sheskin

Forward Association, September 28, 2012

Though Florida is only 3.4% Jewish, Jews may constitute as much as 6% to 8% of the swing state's electorate in 2012. Traditionally, politicians will visit Florida synagogues and Jewish community centers, making speeches focusing on the unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States, a strategy that assumes that Israel is the most important issue to Jewish voters. The evidence suggests that while Israel is indeed an important issue to Jewish voters, it is not the key factor in determining how they vote. Republican views on abortion, gay rights, immigrants and science issues will lead most Florida Jews to vote democratic; Romney will, at best, do about as well as McCain did in 2008 among Florida's Jews.

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

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

Editor: Eisner, Jane

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