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Jews Like Obama Far Better Than Lieberman, McCain

It's not even close
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2008 1:11 PM CDT
Jews Like Obama Far Better Than Lieberman, McCain
In this May 22, 2003 photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., prepare to testify before a public hearing.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Despite Barack Obama’s much debated Jewish problems—and Joe Lieberman’s place of pride as unofficial Jewish spokesman—the Dem is viewed favorably by 60% of American Jews and unfavorably by only 34%, while the Independent scores 37% and 48% (McCain comes in at 34% and 57%). The numbers are part of a poll by new progressive Jewish group J Street—which also notes that the demographic prefers liberal MoveOn to right-leaning AIPAC.

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Obama’s overall Jewish support figure is 62% to McCain's 32%, a smaller spread than John Kerry or Al Gore had on George Bush, the Huffington Post reports. It probably can’t help that Jeremiah Wright is viewed unfavorably by 68%. But there’s room for growth, as fully 90% of American Jews say the US is currently on the wrong track. (Read more the Jewish vote stories.)

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