Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gallup: Obama's approval among US Jews drop to 61%

Muslim Americans continue to give President Barack Obama the highest job approval rating of any major religious group in the U.S (78%), while Obama receives above-average ratings among Jews - 61%, A drop of 16% since 2009 as Obama's approval rating in June 2009 was 77%.

CHARLES M. BLOW- NYtimes: The most relevant measure, in my opinion, is not simply where the president’s “popularity” currently stands among Jews, but the growth or shrinkage of this standing over time – not just where it is, but where it’s been. And, how does this data compare to similar groups over the same time period?

For the purpose of this analysis, I compared Jews to other groups of enthusiastic Obama supporters. I defined enthusiastic supporters as those who voted 75 percent or more for for him in 2008. This group included blacks, white Democrats, Jews, hispanics aged 18 to 29 and the religiously unaffiliated. I also included all Democrats, liberals and the country as a whole for comparison.

I gave that list to the people at The Pew Research Center, and they graciously combed through their data and provided me with Obama’s average approval rating among each group in 2009 and thus far in 2010.

Here are the results:
* Obama’s approval rating among Jews in 2010 averaged 58 percent.
* This percentage was the lowest of all those representing his enthusiastic supporter groups except one, the religious unaffiliated.
* The percentage change in Obama’s approval rating from 2009 to 2010 among Jews was greater than any of the other enthusiastic supporter groups, greater than Democrats and liberals in general and greater than the nation overall.