It looks like a core group that supported President Barack Obama during his election is dropping their support for him by half. These kinds of numbers are astounding, and Democrats running for office in even safe blue districts should not necessarily be waving over the president during the campaign season to help them with their re-election campaigns, because no incumbent appears to be safe.
Arutz Sheva is reporting President Barack Obama has lost almost half of his support among Jewish Americans. A poll done by the McLaughlin Group asked American Jews if:
(a) vote to re-elect Obama, or (b) consider voting for someone else. 42% said they would vote for Obama and 46%, a plurality, preferred the second answer. 12% said they did not know or refused to answer.
The data on the 2008 presidential elections fares no better today for Mr. Obama either:
In the Presidential elections of 2008, 78% of Jewish voters, or close to 8 out of 10, chose Obama. The McLaughlin poll held nearly 18 months later, in April 2010, appears to show that support down to around 4 out of 10.
Remember these fateful words from Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of the J Street lobby group, said two years ago of Obama critics and Jewish voters who overwhelmingly came out for Mr. Obama? (h/t Haaretz):
Obama’s victory a sign that the campaign waged against him by Republican Jews comprised “baseless smears.”
“American Jews resoundingly rejected the two-year, multi-million dollar campaign of baseless smears and fear waged against him by the right wing of our community,” he said. “Surrogates and right-wing political operatives in our community stopped at nothing in their efforts to sway Jewish voters against Obama.”
“We can only hope that these results put to rest for good the myth that fear and smear campaigns - particularly around Israel - can be an effective political weapon in the Jewish community,” he added.
Quite the turnaround. Let the hangover begin.