Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dramatic increase in Jewish identity with Republicans since Obama

Wow, who knew that Obama would help the Republican Party’s Jewish outreach? According to the Pew Research Center, a large number have decided to kick the donkey to the curve and take a ride on the elephant.

(hat tip: Libertarian Republican): The Pew Research Center has just released a survey on religious preference and partisan identification. The one question which as garnered the greatest amount of media attention was the vast increase in Americans who identify Obama as a Muslim, now at 18%, up from 11% last year.

But another finding may have even more serious political consequences for Obama and the Democrats. The number of Jewish Americans identifying themselves as Republicans has jumped dramatically since Obama took office, from 20% in 2008, to an all-time high of 33% in 2010.

While the gain in Jewish Republican identity was most striking, the GOP gained in partisan identification with every single religious group, including 6% among Catholics, and even a gain of 4% with Atheists and Agnostics.

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