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President Obama remains popular among Jewish voters, survey shows

President Obama remains popular among Jewish voters, with more than six in 10 supporting his reelection, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll released Wednesday.

The presidential campaign poll, part of the institute’s 2012 Survey of Jewish Values, found Obama with 62 percent support. Only 30 percent said they would vote for a Republican challenger.

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“The likely Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, is unpopular among most Jewish voters,” said Daniel Cox, the institute’s research director, “and the GOP’s signature campaign proposal — repealing the recent health care law — is opposed by nearly six in ten American Jews.”

Obama’s level of support is similar to where it was at the same point in the 2008 campaign, the institute reported. The president has largely retained his Jewish base of four years ago: 86 percent of those who voted for him in the last election said they would do so again this fall.

“There has been some speculation about possible movements toward the GOP among Jewish voters, but the current state of the race suggests that this year’s Jewish vote will resemble past elections,” Cox said.

But if Obama is not losing ground among Jewish voters, he does not appear to be gaining ground either. Among those who voted against Obama in 2008, 92 percent said they would vote for the president’s Republican opponent this year.

Callum Borchers can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.
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