A new poll released on Tuesday shows a whopping 42-point lead for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump when it comes to Jewish voters.
The AJC 2016 Survey of American Jewish Opinion shows Clinton leading in a four-way matchup, with 61 percent of Jewish voters favoring the Democrat over only 19 percent supporting Trump.
Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has the support of 6 percent of the surveyed voters, with Green party nominee Jill Stein backed by 3 percent. Another 8 percent of those surveyed said they would not be voting in the upcoming 2016 election.
According to the poll, 57 percent of those surveyed said that Hillary Clinton is the candidate more likely to strengthen and promote U.S.-Israel relations. Only 22 percent felt that Donald Trump would be a better choice for this foreign policy issue.
Clinton is also the candidate that Jewish voters felt would be able to effectively deal with Iran, garnering 58 percent of the confidence vote versus only 19 percent for Donald Trump. Among Jewish voters, Hillary Clinton is also seen as being better at handling the threat of terrorism and more likely to unite the country.
Very few of the voters polled felt that the vice presidential pick was extremely important in deciding what presidential candidate to vote for. Only 19 percent felt it was very important for making a decision, and a mere 16 percent felt it wasn’t important at all.
Among the Jewish voters polled, 39 percent considered themselves liberal, with 16 percent saying they were conservative. Republicans made up only 18 percent of respondents, with 51 percent saying they were Democrats, and 26 percent identifying as Independent.
Of these, 54 percent of those surveyed said they were planning to vote the straight party line, while 39 percent said they were planning to vote a split ticket.
Like most Americans, the AJC Global Jewish Advocacy poll found most respondents putting jobs and the economy at the top of their priority list for choosing a president, with 29 percent saying it was the most important issue. National security falls in second place, with 16 percent saying it was their top issue.
AJC poll respondents also felt, with a majority of 58 percent, that the U.S. should have a major role, but not the leading role, in solving international problems. 57 percent felt that they felt “fairly” good about U.S.-Israel relations. The majority also felt that Hillary Clinton would be better at handling terrorism, with 58 percent, contrasting with 22 percent for Donald Trump.
The Republican nominee’s reputation for being both racist and xenophobic may be one of the reasons for his lack of support among Jewish voters, particularly his hiring of prominent alt-right figure, Steve Bannon. The majority of respondents to the AJC poll said that they feel that anti-Semitism is a problem in the United States, with 73 percent saying it was either a “very serious problem” or “somewhat of a problem.” 57 of respondents feel that anti-Semitism is a currently a problem on college campuses in the U.S.
According to the AJC website, “the goal of the survey was to elicit opinions on political and religious attitudes and beliefs from people of Jewish faith or background.” The study was conducted by research company SSRS, who polled a sample of 1,002 of respondents over the age of 18. The poll was held over both cell phone and landlines from Aug. 8 through Aug 28.
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