WASHINGTON, DC- Exit poll data tonight showed that once again, American Jews overwhelmingly supported the Democratic candidate—President Barack Obama—over the Republican, Mitt Romney. Preliminary exit poll results show that American Jews gave Obama 70% of their vote—within the margin of error of the Jewish Democratic vote performance in 2008, when Obama received 74% of the Jewish vote, according to the non-partisan Solomon Project. There is statistically no difference between the President’s 2008 Jewish vote share and the 2012 Jewish exit poll findings.
National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) President and CEO David A. Harris issued the following statement in response to this sweeping support for Obama among American Jews:
“We now know that the Jewish community today was once again solidly behind President Barack Obama, and that the only so-called ‘Jewish problem’ he has is that there aren’t more Jewish voters in America, given the overwhelming support for the President in our community. Indeed, statistically there is no difference between tonight’s results and the Jewish vote share for the President in 2008.
“The powerful support given to the President today by American Jews shows that the more than $15 million campaign undertaken by Republicans to woo Jewish voters with negative advertising, scare tactics, and outright lies simply did not work. Since the New Deal, the Democratic Party has been the political home for the overwhelming majority of Jewish voters—and tonight’s data affirms that the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party is as strong as ever.”
Tonight’s results run counter to the false claims made about the President’s strong Jewish support —claims made by Republican leaders like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), former Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Ari Fleischer, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, Emergency Committee for Israel Board member and former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer, and leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition, among many, many others. Click here to view a “greatest hits” roundup of dozens of false predictions of a nonexistent shift in the Jewish vote in 2012.