For obvious reasons.
(Politico) — There have been no shortage of headlines about Jewish voters’ perceptions of President Obama, with Republicans amplifying concerns of some of the more hard-line Jews over his handling of the Mideast, and Democrats often suggesting it’s an overblown point.
But a poll question from this morning’s Quinnipiac University survey of voters in New York City, home to a disproportionately large number of Jewish voters who run the gamut of secular to ultra-religious, stood out:
The question was, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?”
Fifty-five percent of Jewish voters surveyed disapproved, while 39 percent approved. Another six percent were undecided.
This is not a decisive margin by any stretch, and it’s not clear where in the city Jewish voters were sampled from (portions of Brooklyn, with Orthodox communities, would produce a different result than parts of Manhattan, for instance). But it is among the few tangibles to point to in the discussion about perception.