Thursday, November 11, 2010
10 November '10
Daniel Halper takes us through some midterm-election polling conducted by J Street on Jews’ views of Obama, Bibi, and Obama’s handling of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As he points out, there is reason to be skeptical of anything coming out of that outfit. In this case, not surprisingly, J Street’s poll numbers are out of whack with virtually every reputable poll on Jewish opinion.
J Street would have us believe that Jews approve of Obama’s performance by a 60 to 40 percent margin, and of his handling of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by a 53 to 47 percent margin. The J Streeters’ pollsters contend that American Jews favor Obama’s over Bibi’s handling of the Palestinian issue (51 percent to 49 percent). Even on its own terms, that’s not a ringing endorsement by overwhelmingly liberal Jews. But are these figures reliable? Let’s see how J Street’s latest offering compares with other polling.
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