Poll: Obama, Clinton close among Jews


A new poll shows that Barack Obama would do nearly as well as Hillary Clinton among Jewish voters in November.

The poll, released by Gallup a day after Obama’s strong performances in Indiana and North Carolina, shows Clinton winning 50 percent to 43 percent among Jewish Democrats. The findings were based on aggregate tracking from April 1-30, including interviews with close to 800 Jewish voters and nearly 600 Jewish Democratic voters.

According to the poll, Clinton would win 66 percent of the Jewish vote versus 27 percent for John McCain in a general-election matchup. Obama would do nearly as well, winning 61 percent to McCain’s 32 percent.

At the same time, either matchup would represent an improvement for the Republicans compared to the performances of recent GOP presidential nominees among Jewish voters.

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