Jewish Values: How does faith influence presidential pick?

https://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-0104_Mitt_Romney_looking_right1.jpghttps://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-0104_Barack_Obama_looking_left1.jpgDo Jewish voters want President Obama to be re-elected?
And, how much support is there for the presumptive GOP candidate, Mitt Romney?

Two-thirds of Jewish registered voters (62%) would like to see Obama get a second term, according to the new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute that we’ve been exploring since Monday. This is about the same level of support for Obama in June 2008 when he was first running for the Oval Office.

Obama’s opposition at the time of this new survey was a generic Republican candidate because Romney didn’t yet have the GOP’s nomination in the bag. Among Jewish voters who preferred a Republican candidate over Obama, the majority favored Romney as the GOP’s nominee. It’s clear now that he is the Republican candidate, which means that Romney can count on getting support from the Jewish voters who preferred a Republican in the first place. It’s unlikely that Romney’s candidacy will draw support from Jewish voters who want Obama to get another term. While that finding may not surprise you, given Jewish voting patterns in the last election, consider these more detailed findings …

A KEY DIFFERENCE IN LEVEL OF VOTER EXCITEMENT: A majority of Jewish voters who want Obama re-elected say they are excited to vote for him. A majority of Jewish voters who want Romney in the Oval Office say they aren’t excited to cast their votes for him.

TOP ELECTION PRIORITY FOR JEWISH VOTERS: Like all Americans, it’s far and away the economy. A majority (51%) say this is the most important issue. Healthcare is the first priority for only 10% of Jewish voters. The federal deficit is the first priority for 7%. Israel and Iran are low on the list of top priorities. Then, for those who say the economy is their top priority, what comes second? Healthcare is the second priority for 27% of those who say the economy is the first. National security comes next (19%), followed by the deficit (18%) and the gap between rich and poor (16%). Israel and Iran are low on the list of second priorities, as well.

What role does your faith play in your political choices?

Are you excited to vote for Obama—or for Romney?

Is the economy your top priority? If not, what is?

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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue.

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