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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 10:35 AM
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Laughably Bogus Poll Tries To `Prove’ Obama Is Losing Jewish Support
By Adam Serwer

Republicans are touting yet another poll that purports to predict the end of the Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party. Citing a new poll by Republican John McLaughlin and Pat Caddell, the GOP’s favorite “Democrat,” they have convinced themselves that this time, Obama really is in trouble among Jewish voters.

At National Review, Tevi Troy exults that “only 43 percent of Jews plan to vote to reelect Obama in 2012.” Terrible! Except a plurality (48 percent) say they’d “consider” voting for someone else, not that they’d vote for his opponent or that they refuse to vote for him.

McLaughlin’s and Caddell’s poll is laughably bogus. Not only does their sample skew conservative, (only 64 percent of respondents voted for Obama, as opposed to the 77 percent of Jewish votes he actually got) but many questions in the poll are phrased in as leading a manner as possible. Indeed, given the wording of the questions, it’s actually surprising that 63 percent of respondents overall approved of Obama.

Here’s their phrasing for a question on Obama’s policy on Israel:

Considering what President Obama has proposed for Israel just over a year before his 2012 re-election campaign — a return to the 1967 borders, dividing Jerusalem, and allowing the right of return for Palestinian Arabs to Israel — how concerned would you be about President Obama’s policies towards Israel if he were re-elected and did not have to worry about another election?


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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 10:55 AM
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1. Neither Obama nor any other politician here in the US has any control over what happens in Israel
so I don't know what anybody should be freaking out about, particularly since he didn't even propose anything new or radical anyway. Republicans and Netenyahu are behaving as though Obama is trying to cram a settlement down their throats against their will or something. It's insane.
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