Sixty-eight percent of American Jewish voters said they would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president if the 2016 election were now held, versus 30 percent who would back former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, according to survey results released on Wednesday.
Two percent of the 1,000 adults polled May 31-June 3 for the left-leaning J Street Group were undecided. The poll was conducted by the Washington-based GBA Strategies firm.
Clinton, 67, the former secretary of state, announced her candidacy in April. Bush, 62, who served in the Statehouse from 1999 to 2007, is to announce his intentions on Monday.
Other survey results include:
- Clinton scored a 48 percent approval rating, compared with a 64 percent disapproval rating for Bush.
- Sixty-one percent said that the United States was on the wrong track under President Barack Obama, versus 39 percent who disagreed.
- However, 56 percent approved of Obama's job performance, compared with 44 percent who did not.
- Fifty-nine percent said they would favor a deal to ease some economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for restrictions on Tehran's nuclear weapons program — though not ending it. But 41 percent opposed it.
- The Democratic Party received a 46 percent favorability rating, versus 20 percent for the Republican Party.
- And 45 percent said the economy was the nation's most pressing concern, with 29 percent agreeing that it was the Islamic State.
In addition, the vote was identical, 67-33 percent in agreement, that a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians was necessary for Israel's security and "democratic character" — as well as being a critical national security interest for the United States.
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