A poll conducted by the American Jewish Committee confirms a decided Jewish preference of 65 percent for President Barack Obama over 24 percent for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, were the election to be held today. Ten percent remain undecided, but according to the poll, Obama enjoys a substantial lead of 63 percent to Romney’s 27 percent.
Most striking is the split between denominations. Orthodox Jews favor Romney over Obama 54 to 40 percent. Conservative Jews give the nod to Obama 64 percent to Romney’s 23 percent, while Reform Jews skew slightly higher at 68 percent for Obama and Romney again at 23 percent. For those who identify as “just Jews,” the poll gives Obama a 68 to 19 percent lead over Romney.
When the figures are broken down by age, Obama leads Romney by substantial margins in every category from 18-29 years, 30-44 years, 45-59 years and 60 and above. Obama is favored by women in a 69-19 percent split over Romney.
The poll of 1,040 Jews was conducted for the AJC by an online firm named KnowledgePanel® during the period between September 6 – 17. According to their figures, it has a margin of error of plus or minus five percent.