Republican activists tried mightily to win support from Jewish voters for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney - and their efforts basically came to naught. That's the conclusion of a new study, "What's the Matter with Palm Beach County?"
by University of Maryland professor Eric M. Uslaner.
"While Obama carried slightly more than half of the national vote (50.9 percent), he won 69 percent of the Jewish vote," Uslaner writes. "Yet some Jewish and many Republicans - " especially Jewish Republicans - " saw 2012 as their party's best chance since 1980 to win Jewish support."
"Obama, Republicans charged, didn't understand Jewish concerns. He had not visited Israel as president. He had a chilly relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and had publicly clashed with the Israeli leader over building settlements on the West Bank and Gaza."
But mattered little. While 69 percent is down a few points from Democratic presidential nominees' usual share of the Jewish vote, there was little shift to the GOP.
"The Republicans gained little traction on Israel for three reasons: First, only a small share of Jewish voters (10 percent) saw Israel as one of the most important issues. Second, where Israel mattered for vote choice, the more dovish positions of American Jews bolstered Obama, not Romney. Third the media blitz directed at Jewish voters had little effect on voters - and may even have backfired."
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