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March 26, 2006

The American Jewish Vote: 2004

Listed in: NJDC News, Press Releases

For decades, Republican operatives have been claiming that the Jewish vote was moving significantly to the right; in 2004, one key Jewish Republican leader even claimed that 35-40 percent of the Jewish vote would swing towards George W. Bush.

Yet the Jewish vote has remained one of the most solidly Democratic demographics in America. Since the late 1920's, American Jews have voted overwhelmingly Democratic in federal elections -- and no amount of spin can change that simple fact.

Below, please find resources and data regarding the American Jewish vote and where it stands.

Post: GOP Effort to Attract Jews "Stalls"

Click here to learn about the Washington Post's March 6, 2006 analysis of where the Republican effort to woo the Jewish vote stands. According to the Post, "the much-trumpeted effort by the Bush White House to make deep inroads on the Democrats' historic claims on Jewish voters -- and, even more important politically, the campaign contributions of Jewish donors -- has not materialized in any convincing fashion, according to poll data, fundraisers and campaign finance reports."

2004 Jewish Vote Figures Revised in Unprecedented Data Analysis

In April of 2005, an unprecedented study performed by polling professionals and academics, released by The Solomon Project, concluded that the best estimate of the overall Jewish vote on Election Day indicates that 77 percent of American Jews voted for Senator John Kerry, versus 22 percent for George W. Bush.

Click here for further information from The Solomon Project, and click here to download the PDF file of the complete report. Click here to see the response of the Democratic National Committee, and for further details from NJDC and coverage from major media outlets, click here.

Jewish Voting Patterns in Presidential Elections
Source: Data from 1972 to 2000 are drawn from Voter News Service exit polls as reported in The New York Times election analysis issues; data in 2004 are drawn from a study of the National Election Pool data and other resources by The Solomon Project.