Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Re-elected Obama retains support of 7 out of 10 Jewish voters, exit poll says 

US President Barack Obama, who was re-elected on Tuesday for a second four-year term, has won the support of 69 percent of Jewish voters, according to an exit poll, while 30 percent backed his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The survey, posted on CNN's website, was commensurate with projections by pre-election polls by Gallup and other pollsters that Obama would win two-thirds or more of the Jewish vote.

In the final days of the campaign, both Democrats and Republicans targeted Jewish voters in swing states, particularly Ohio and Florida.

Jews constituted 2 percent of the overall CNN response group, but the network did not reveal the total number of people it asked after they had cast their ballots, so it was impossible to assess a margin of error.

In 2008, exit polls showed Obama beating Republican candidate John McCain by 78 to 21 percent among Jewish voters. The Solomon Project later estimated that his actual share among Jewish Americans was actually closer to 74 percent, taking into account the small sample size of the exit poll.


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