Obama Still Enjoying Strong Jewish-American Support

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President Barack Obama
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Ho New

A new Gallup Poll indicates that a majority of American Jews continue to approve of President Barack Obama.

While Obama's approval rating among Jews has fluctuated during 2011, it has remained in the 60 percent-range -- significantly higher than Obama's approval rating among all Americans. In June 2011, Obama enjoyed 60 percent support from the Jewish-American community, compared to 46 percent from the entire country.

The poll also found that a May speech in which Obama called for Israel to make land concessions as a part of a peace deal did not cost the president support in the Jewish-American community. Obama drew criticism after that speech for what some saw as a failure to support Israel.

The poll suggests that the Jewish-American community will remain a bastion of support as Obama activates his reelection campaign. Jewish-Amerians overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2008.


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