Donald Trump says Jewish Americans are leaving the Democratic Party. Its not true. Politics
Donald Trump says Jewish Americans are leaving the Democratic Party. Its not true. Politics Jewish Americans voted for the Democratic Party by about a 3:1 margin in the 2018 midterm elections. This was true whether you looked , a large pre election study of Jewish Americans for the non partisan American Jewish Committee who conducts CNNs national polls . Other polls for partisan organizations with large sample sizes also back up these findings. In the exit poll, Jewish voters backed the Democratic candidate for Congress by a 79 percent to 17 percent margin. Jewish Americans are far more likely to call themselves Democrats than Republicans. In the 2018 exit poll, 64 percent of Jewish voters identified as Democrats compared to only 10 percent who called themselves Republican. The SSRS pre election poll put the Democratic identification advantage among Jewish Americans at a slightly less impressive but still quite large 51 percent to 16 percent . The rest of the voters either identified as either independent or not with any party. Further, when it comes to party identification, Jewish Americans are just as Democratic as they were before Trump became president. In the 2016 SSRS poll, 51 percent of Jewish Americans were Democrats compared to 18 percent who were Republicans. Thats the same percentage who were Democrats in 2018, while Republicans actually saw a 2 point drop. Polls indicate Jewish Americans arent fans of Trump. The 2018 exit poll, in 2017 and SSRS in 2018 all put his approval or favorable rating at 26 percent or lower among Jewish Americans. His disapproval and unfavorable rating among Jewish Americans is north of 70 percent , while his strongly disapprove or strongly unfavorable is higher than 60 percent . The data also doesnt appear to show that Jews are voting more Republican. The Democratic vote share among Jewish Americans was, if anything, higher in the 2018 House vote than it was . Comparing the 2016 and 2018 exit poll, the Jewish American vote going Democratic rose from 71 percent to 79 percent . According , it rose from 67 percent to 74 percent after taking out those who said they wouldnt vote. Another way to look at it is a longer time trend. The has collected data on party identification among various groups, including Jewish Americans, since the 1990s. Their last report published in 2018 noted that the Democratic Party advantage over the Republican Party among Jewish Americans has “little changed over the last decade.” In fact, we can go all the way back to 1994, when Pew first has data on the party identification of Jewish Americans. In that year, 49 percent of Jewish Americans called themselves Democrats when asked whether they were Democratic, Republican or independent. Thats about the same as the 51 percent of Jewish Americans who called themselves Democrats in the 2018 SSRS poll. Now, Jewish Americans are . Reform Jewish Americans are even more Democratic leaning than the average Jewish American. Orthodox Jewish Americans are far more likely to be Republican than Democratic. But when it comes to the average Jewish American, she or he remains strongly Democratic.