The Israel Swing Factor: How the American Jewish Vote Influences U.S. Elections

By Jeffrey S. Helmreich

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), January 15, 2001

The author contends that there are two common, clashing myths of the political power of American Jewry: that the community is too small to affect national elections; and that Jews disproportionately affect national politics because of campaign donations and media influence. Both views are wrong, argues the author; American Jews do influence national elections, but not because of disproportionate money or power. Rather, Jews make up a significant portion of the electorate in key "swing states", and are furthermore a uniquely swayable swing bloc., in that the issue of support for Israel can spur a sizable portion of Jews to switch parties where it is an issue of contention.

Topic: Political Behavior, Israel Attachment, Power, Demography, Politics

Name of Publication: Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints

Volume/Issue: 446

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Genre: Other

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Helmreich, Jeffrey S. The Israel Swing Factor: How the American Jewish Vote Influences U.S. Elections. Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 15 January 2001:


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