With a huge partisan divide, 40% of Dem voters don’t consider it important while only 17% of GOP voters feel the same way. And yet an overwhelming amount of American Jews vote Democrat.
(The Hill) — More than half of likely voters say the Obama administration’s policy on Israel is either somewhat or very important to the way they vote, according to this week’s The Hill Poll.
The survey comes just as Republicans managed to win the Brooklyn- and Queens-based congressional seat of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), in what many called a referendum on President Obama’s approach to Israel.
The winner, newly sworn in Rep. Bob Turner (R), used the issue to bludgeon his Democratic opponent, David Weprin, in the heavily Jewish district.
According to The Hill Poll, more than 25 percent consider the administration’s approach to Israel “very important” to the way they vote. An additional 36 percent consider it “somewhat important.”
Republicans give the issue more weight than do Democrats, the poll found. More than 4 in 10 who identify with the GOP called it “very important” to their vote, with another 1 in 3 Republicans calling it “somewhat important.” Only 17 percent of GOP voters called the issue “not very important.”
Democrats were split somewhat more evenly: About 1 in 3 considered it “somewhat important” to their votes, while nearly 4 in 10 called it “not very important.”
Independent voters might again be a problem for the president on this question, with nearly 4 in 10 believing he is “anti-Israel.”
Fifty percent of independents also said Obama is “not supportive enough” of Israel in responding to a separate question, making them even more strident than Republicans, slightly less than half of whom said Obama does not support Israel enough.