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“Secure America Now has just released a new poll showing that only 43 percent of Jews plan to vote to reelect Obama in 2012. If this holds, it would be a considerable drop from the 78 percent of the Jewish vote Obama received in 2008, and from the standard 75-80 percent of the Jewish vote that Democratic political strategists have come to expect and rely upon,” observes Tevi Troy, a Hudson Institute scholar and National Review contributor.
The bipartisan poll, conducted by John McLaughlin and Pat Caddell, also found that just 34 percent of Florida’s Jews would vote to re-elect him, though he does better in California, Illinois and Maryland. The president’s worst showing in the poll was among Jews under 40. Sixty-one percent said they planned to vote for someone else.
“This could indicate that the strange and continuing hold that the Democratic Party has had over American Jews could finally be loosening. This latest poll is bad news for Obama in the short term and problematic for the Democrats in the long term as well,” Mr. Troy says.
President Obama had his Twitter “town hall” last week to mixed reviews. Now comes the first Republican presidential Twitter debate, organized by TeaParty.net and scheduled for July 20, to be moderated by analyst and pollster Dick Morris.
Republican presidential hopefuls who will spar in abbreviated social-media-style phrases so far: Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Reps. Michele Bachmann and Thaddeus McCotter. Yes, they will take questions from the citizenry, tweeted of course.
“Maybe the Twitter limit of 140 characters to each tweet will make them get to the point and answer the question,” Mr. Morris observes.
When the time comes, the candidate tweeting gets under way here: http://140townhall.com.
POLL DU JOUR
• 73 percent of U.S. voters say gas taxes paid into the Highway Trust Fund should only be used for upkeep of interstate highways.
• 70 percent of Democrats say it’s appropriate to use the funds for mass-transit projects.
• 56 percent of Republicans disagree.
• 53 percent of voters overall oppose any increase in the federal gas tax, even if the money only goes to the upkeep of interstate highways.
• 64 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of Democrats agree.
• 45 percent say the federal government should provide additional funding for the highway system.
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