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Florida Jews could help Clinton carry prize swing state


WASHINGTON Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has “historically bad” support among Jewish voters in Florida, with large numbers rejecting his proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration and most doubting his professed strong support for Israel, a new poll of Jewish voters has found.

If the Florida polling figures released Friday by GBA Strategies, a Washington-based Democratic polling firm, are a guide nationwide, Trump threatens to reverse gains Republicans have made among Jews in recent White House elections and to stem any political gain from accusations that President Barack Obama has been weak on Israel.

In fact, the poll results cast doubt on the popular view that Israel is a defining election issue for Jews: Only 8 percent of those surveyed, half of whom live in South Florida, cited Israel policy as one of their top two priorities.

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