In november 2012, Jews voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama and for Democrats at the state and local levels once again. Exit polls indicated that between 69 percent and 70 percent of Jews voted to reelect President Obama. Jewish Republicans predicted that Obama’s disagreements with Israeli policies would cost him heavily, but in fact most Jews did not cast their vote primarily on Israel-related issues: most Jews identified the economy and health care as their primary concerns in exit polls.

The majority of voters in most of Obama’s other core constituent groups, such as the African American and Latino voting blocs, would directly benefit from Democratic Party economic policies. In contrast, Jewish voters’ loyalty to the Democratic Party is unusual because the majority of Jews are prosperous enough such that voting for candidates who support higher taxes to care for the poor and the...

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