Seventy percent of Jewish voters backed Clinton

Seventy percent of Jewish voters backed Clinton

A national survey commissioned by J Street found overwhelming support for the losing Democratic candidate

Seventy percent of Jewish voters favoured Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, with 25 percent opting for Donald Trump, according to a poll.

The national survey, which was commissioned by J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, again showed a community that trends more Democratic than the general population.

Clinton and Trump drew almost even in the popular vote in the balloting Tuesday – the former secretary of state edged her Republican rival slightly — but Trump scored a decisive victory in the electoral college vote.

“American Jews remain a bedrock Democratic constituency, with overwhelming disdain for Donald Trump,” J Street President Jeremy Ben Ami said in a conference call with reporters.

Jim Gerstein, the pollster, said Jews continued to remain unstinting in their support of the party.

“They voted for Clinton more than Hispanics did, more than any other religious group, including no religion,” Gerstein said.


The group’s national results also comported with national exit polls carried out by a consortium of major media outlets showing Jews favouring Clinton over Trump 71-24 percent.

J Street’s poll was conducted by Gerstein Bocian Agne on Election Day and reached 731 self-identified Jews who volunteered from among 3 million Americans who belong to a web-based panel. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.

The Florida poll reached 500 self-identified Jews through cellphones and landlines, also on Election Day, and had a margin of error of 5.4 percentage points.

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