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Gallup: Obama's Jewish support "solid" but dropping (along w/everyone else)

It looks like President Obama's support among Jewish voters hasn't siginificantly changed since May 19, when he gave a speech calling for settling the Israelia-Palestinian dispute by partly relying on the 1967 borders "with land swaps" (i.e., he wasn't calling for Israel to look exactly as it did in 1967).

Right-leaning Fox News was up that day with a report saying "Obama Risks Losing Jewish Voters After Backing Key Palestinian Statehood Demand." And privately, some Jewish Democrats were nervous. Politico did a more thorough piece and noted "even Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who spoke to POLITICO to combat the story line of Jewish defections, said she’d detected a level of anxiety in a recent visit to a senior center in her South Florida district.

“They wanted some clarity on the president’s view,” she said. “I answered their questions and restored some confidence that maybe was a little shaky, [rebutted] misinformation and the inaccurate reporting about what was said.”

Well, looks like Wasserman Schultz was right about Jewish support remaing high. Sort of

Gallup shows that Jewish support has declined 8 percentage points since the speech, but it's unclear if the speech caused the decline due to the small sample size of Jewish voters over time. Gallup's headline: "Solid Majority of Jewish Americans Still Approve of Obama."


The trendline indicates that Obama's Jewish support has been dropping the longer he's in office. That makes Jewish voters just like the rest of the average voting population, which ain't so enthused with Obama. Consider this trendline showing Jewish sentiment compared to national sentiment:


That's nothing to brag about, but it does suggest that Obama's support among Jewish voters is slightly more reliable. Since '09, his overall support has declined by 30 percent while among Jewish voters it's decreased 28 percent.