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Dole, Dukakis Favored Heavily by Jews in Super Tuesday Races

March 11, 1988
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While Vice President George Bush swept all of the states in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries, Jewish voters preferred his chief rival, Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas, according to an exit poll published Thursday.

The New York Times/CBS News poll also confirmed that Jewish Democrats went overwhelmingly for Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, giving him 65 percent of the votes cast by Jews.

The poll, which was conducted in 14 southern and border states, found that Jews made up 2 percent of the Republican voters and 5 percent of the voting Democrats.

While Dole received only 23 percent of the votes cast by Republicans in the 14 states, 48 percent of the Jewish voters cast their ballots for him. Bush received 43 percent of the Jewish vote, as compared to 58 percent overall.

On the Democratic side, Jewish voters also showed a marked difference from other voters, who split their votes almost evenly among Dukakis, Gore and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Gore, who received 25 percent of the overall vote, compared to 27 percent for Dukakis, had the support of only 10 percent of Jewish voters.

Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, who was the major Democratic loser on Super Tuesday, received 9 percent of the Jewish vote and 13 percent overall.

The top Democratic vote-getter on Super Tuesday was Jackson, who won 28 percent of the vote. But only 6 percent of Jewish voters cast their ballots for him.

In the Republican primaries, Robertson received 5 percent of the Jewish votes and 13 percent of all the Republican votes.

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