October 30, 2008 by texasdarlin
Jewish Backlash: 76% voted for McCain-Palin!
PUMA Backlash: 46% crossed party lines!
This report from NRO could be the first serious indicator of a backlash from Jewish Democrats against Barack Obama.
Within the last hour, the first exit poll of 817 Americans in Israel, who attended U.S. election voting events in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening to vote by absentee ballot, has been released.
A startling 76 percent of those polled said that they had voted for John McCain. This contrasts sharply with pre-election polls of American Jews in the U.S., which indicate a strong preference for Obama.
The exit poll findings of American voters in Israel are all the more surprising because less than one in four were registered Republicans, and 46% of registered Democrats living in Israel said they had crossed party lines to vote McCain. By contrast, the Republican crossover to Obama was minimal – just 2%.
The votes are significant as almost half of the 42,000 registered U.S. voters living in Israel come from key swing states including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In the 2000 and 2004 elections, Israel had the third-largest group of American voters abroad, after Canada and Britain.
The exit poll was commissioned by Votefromisrael.org, an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting voter registration and participation amongst American citizens living in Israel.
Interesting…these Jewish Americans voted just as the story about Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi was hitting the mainstream media outlets on Tuesday. I would expect that story to continue to fuel a backlash among Jews residing in the US, as Election Day next Tuesday approaches.