Poll: Most Florida Jews support Clinton

The vast majority of Florida Jews will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, but Orthodox Jews overwhelmingly support Trump.

Ben Ariel,

Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton
Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton
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The vast majority of Florida Jews will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential election in November, a new poll has found, according to JTA.

Orthodox Jews were the only Florida Jewish demographic to support Trump in the poll, according to the news agency.

The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, found Clinton was beating Trump among Florida Jews, 66 percent to 23 percent.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein earned 6 and 2 percent of the state's Jewish vote, respectively.

Jews make up 4 to 5 percent of the overall Florida electorate.

Clinton beat Trump in almost every Florida Jewish demographic, with the exception of the Orthodox Jews, who chose Trump 66 to 22 percent, according to JTA.

42 percent of Florida Jews identify as Reform, while 24 percent identify as Conservative, 19 percent as unaffiliated and 6 percent as Orthodox.

Florida is considered one of the key states that will decide the election. Among the general population, polls so far have found that Clinton holds at least a 9-point edge over Trump in that state.

"The only problem Hillary Clinton has with Jewish voters is the same problem Barack Obama had with Jewish voters, and that is there are not more of them," said Jim Gerstein, a founding partner of GBA Strategies, in a Friday conference call about the poll.

In 2012, Obama won the Florida Jewish vote, 68 to 31 percent.

The poll, which was conducted Aug. 4-8 among 500 likely Jewish voters and had a 4.4 percent margin of error, also found that Israel is a low priority for Jewish voters. Only 8 percent of Jewish Florida voters said Israel was one of their top two election issues, compared to 35 percent who chose the economy and 29 percent who indicated terrorism.

Jewish voters in Florida have drawn attention ever since the 2000 election, where a confusing ballot led a large number of voters in heavily Jewish Palm Beach County to vote for Pat Buchanan, who was often accused of anti-Semitism. George W. Bush carried the state by 537 votes, which won him the election. He won the state again in 2004.




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