The Plum LineGreg Sargent's blog
A fascinating new poll from Gallup finds that Obama’s standing among American Jews is higher than among any other religious group, suggesting he still has domestic political breathing room as he deals with Iran and enters into grueling Arab-Israeli negotiations.
It finds that his approval rating among Jews is at a healthy 64%, besting his numbers among catholics (54%), protestants (47%) and adults overall (54%).
At first glance, the poll also seems to suggest warning signs, finding that his approval rating has slipped among Jews, from 83% in January. But Gallup says that this is actually proportional with his overall slippage, and concludes:
Importantly, the decline in approval of Obama among Jews since January is no greater than that seen among the general public. This suggests that since Obama became president, his actions on Middle East policy issues — particularly relating to Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute — have not had a disproportionately negative (or positive) impact on his image.
A great deal of this is driven by disproportional Jewish loyalty towards Dems, obviously, but it seems worth keeping in mind, given the escalating attacks on Obama as soft on Israel and Iran.
Gallup: Obama’s Mideast Policies Have Not Disproportionately Hurt Him With Jews | The Plum Line