Inside the Beltway: Reading Romney

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Forty-nine percent said the presumptive GOP presidential nominee respects women who have independent careers; 35 percent said Mr. Obama respects women who stay at home rather than pursue a career.

SHALOM, 2012

There has been much speculation about a recent Public Religion Research Institute revealing that 62 percent of 1,004 Jewish voters in the U.S. said they would support President Obama — notably less than the 78 percent who voted for him four years ago. Commentary magazine political columnist Jonathan Tobin says the majority of “partisan liberal” Jewish voters are unlikely to oppose the president, but also cites the critical impact of Jewish swing voters “who are sufficiently disgusted with his overall performance and specifically concerned about his record on Israel to possibly vote for a moderate conservative alternative this fall,” he says.

Tevi Troy — who was a George W. Bush administration official and now is a Hudson Institute scholar and health policy adviser to Republican hopeful Mitt Romney — says Jewish voters in 2008 decided to go with Mr. Obama, the “unknown” candidate, though his opponent, Sen. John McCain, stressed that he had a 30-year pro-Israel record.

But times have changed, Mr. Troy says.

“Now, President Obama’s record is no longer unknown. His coldness to Israel is manifest. He’s had a very difficult relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And they rebuke Israel every chance they get — at least they did during the first three years. They’ve quieted down in the past year as we enter an election cycle. The administration’s approach to Israel is not just extremely problematic to American Jews, but to supporters of Israel around the country and around the world.” Mr. Troy told the Jerusalem-based Times of Israel on Monday.

Romney, in contrast, is a staunch supporter of Israel. He’s a close friend of Netanyahu going back decades. He said his first trip would be to Israel and he views the peace process as one in which you let Israel know that America has Israel’s back,” Mr. Troy added.


• 93 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-29 have not volunteered on a political campaign for a candidate or an issue.

• 92 percent have not joined a government, political or issue-related organization.

• 90 percent have not donated money to a political campaign or cause; 88 percent have not attended a political rally.

• 84 percent have not used Twitter to advocate for a political position; 82 percent have not “liked” a political candidate on Facebook.

• 79 percent do not consider themselves to be “politically engaged.”

• 49 percent say they’ll definitely vote in November, 15 percent will “probably vote,” 13 percent say there’s a 50/50 chance they’ll vote.

• 43 percent say the country is “on the wrong track,” 36 percent are unsure what direction we’re headed, 20 percent say the U.S. is on the right track.

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