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So Much for the Political Epiphany of American Jews

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In the aftermath of the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel and the subsequent war that it caused, American Jews quickly learned that much of the American media was, to put it bluntly, favoring Hamas in its coverage. 

It was so bad that even Bill Maher called out the “pro-Hamas” media, and Jewish Americans started tuning into Fox News to watch news that wasn't anti-Israel propaganda. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic Democrats have been coming out in full force blasting Israel and calling for a ceasefire — something Hamas desperately wants.

In light of all of this, it felt like there was hope for American Jews to start questioning their alliance with the Democratic Party. 

Related: Is Biden Caving to Pro-Hamas Left?

Sadly, it doesn’t look that way. According to a poll that GBAO Strategies conducted for the Jewish Electorate Institute, "By a 39-point margin, Jewish voters said they trust President Biden more than former President Trump to fight antisemitism. In a head-to-head matchup, 68% of Jewish voters say they would support President Biden over former President Trump who would have the support of only 22% of Jewish voters — an eight-point decline in Jewish voters’ support for Trump compared to a similar poll before the 2020 election."

The only Jewish denomination that supports Trump over Biden is Orthodox Jews. Biden also enjoys overwhelming approval from reform, conservative, and non-denominational Jews, while Orthodox Jews give Biden a 43% approval rating.

Joe Biden has been underwater in approval from the general population since his botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, but American Jews have long been a left-leaning constituency. According to the poll, Democrats have a +44 party identification advantage over Republicans from Jewish voters without leaners, which jumps to a +48 advantage with leaners.

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Yes, Jews are a reliably liberal base. Still, in light of Biden’s appeasing of Iran, and his efforts to undermine Israel’s war on Hamas, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Jewish voters give Biden high marks for his handling of the Israel-Hamas war — especially since a whopping 82% of Jewish voters reported having an emotional attachment to Israel. 

But, alas, the poll found that 74% of Jewish voters approve of the way Joe Biden is handling the conflict. This finding stands in sharp contrast to a recent AP/NORC poll that found that 63% of Americans disapprove of the way he’s handling the war.

I don’t get it.

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