American Jewish voters approve of President Trump’s brokering of historic agreements in the Middle East — but they still support Joe Biden for president, a new Newsmax-Zogby Strategies Poll released Sunday reveals.
The poll of 600 Jewish voters, conducted Sept. 21-24 found 56% approved of Trump’s deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, with only 29% disapproving.
And while nearly three in four — 73% to 10% — feel the president’s efforts are likely to bring peace for Israel, they are overwhelmingly not willing to support his re-election.
According to the Newsmax-Zogby Strategies Poll, Jewish voters support the former vice president over Trump by 69% to 25%.
When those who were initially undecided were re-questioned to offer who they lean toward, Biden’s lead increased to 73% to 26%.
Interestingly, a surprising 44% of U.S. Jews say they know friends or family who are voting for Trump but won’t say it publicly.
In 2016, 27 percent of Jewish voters said they voted for Trump, with 63% saying they voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Newsmax/Zogby Strategies Poll.
The Newsmax/John Zogby Strategies Poll, which has a margin of sampling error of +/-4 percentage points, also found:
- 89% of those voting for Biden say it’s impossible they could change their mind and only 10 percent leave that door open. For Trump, 69% say it’s impossible that they could change their mind and 26% say it’s possible.
- Biden is supported by 94% of Democrats and is leading 59% to 30 percent among Independents. Overall, 91% of the small number of Jewish Republicans support Trump.
- Biden is receiving substantial majorities of Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Jews, as well as all age groups.
- Despite approving of President Trump’s efforts, 48% still say Biden is best able to protect Israel, while 33% say Trump is.
- Only 31% approve of Trump’s handling of his job as president, while 67% disapprove.
- Trump also receives low marks for his handling of the economy (38% approve, 59% disapprove), the Middle East (41% approve, 52% disapprove) and the COVID-19 pandemic (26% approve, 71% disapprove).
- Trump is viewed personally at 28% favorable and 72% unfavorable, while Biden is seen by 73% in a favorable light vs. 25% who view him unfavorably.
- Some 44% of those polled say they know friends or family who are voting for Trump but won’t say it publicly
- Less than one in three (31%) feel Trump should be awarded the Nobel Prize for his Middle East efforts while 62% disagree.
- 73% say the safety and security of Israel is a top three issue for them. Of these, 49% say it is their No. 1 issue and 44% say it is not.
- In another question, American Jewish voters are evenly split on the perception of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with 42% seeing him favorably and 42% unfavorably.
- By a factor of 62% to 20%, those polled say they prefer a two-state solution in the Israel-Palestinian dispute, while another 18% are not sure.
The poll is one of a series of pre-election surveys being conducted by Newsmax, America’s fastest growing cable news network, and John Zogby Strategies, a premiere polling and data analytics firm.
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