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Orthodox Jews Back Trump in Record Numbers

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Ultra orthodox Jews stand by supporters of President Donald Trump outside the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Monday May 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky)

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Support for Donald Trump among Orthodox Jews throughout the U.S. has been growing since his election three years ago and is now at an all-time high.

This was among the fascinating findings of a just-completed poll in Ami Magazine, a ten-year-old newsweekly published in the U.S. and Israel.

Where 54 percent of Orthodox Jews voted for Trump in 2016 (according to a survey conducted by the American Jewish Committee), Ami found that a stunning 89 percent of the same group plan to vote for his re-election in 2020.

“Obviously, Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a key factor in this strong support he has,” Bruce Herschensohn, Senior Fellow of International Relations at Pepperdine University (Cal.) and author of ten books on foreign policy, told Newsmax.

But, Herschensohn added, “There are certainly other factors behind this support, such as the strike at ISIS, the president’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights [where a new Israeli settlement was named “Trump Heights” this year] and his executive order against anti-Semitism on campuses.”

To the surprise of no one, Ami found that 91 percent of Orthodox Jews opposed impeachment of the president, compared to only 5 percent who support it.

The issue of anti-Semitism particularly stood out in the poll.  According to Ami, “although 26 percent of respondents identified themselves as Democrats, most of them said they didn’t trust their own party when it came to fighting anti-Semitism.”

In fact, the poll found 92.5 percent said they trusted Trump and the Republicans to fight anti-Semitism and only 1.5 percent said they trusted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. 

Asked which president they felt accomplished more for the security Israel, 82.5 percent named Trump.  Running a distant second was Ronald Reagan (9.5 percent), followed by George W. Bush (4.5 percent), Barack Obama (1.5 percent) and Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush tied at 1 percent. 

Orthodox Jews comprise roughly ten percent of the American Jewish population.  But given their record of a high voter turnout and the prospect of a close election in 2020, their impact on the voting could be highly significant. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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