Religious Jews Favor McCain

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of a Gallup poll, published Tuesday, showed that religious Jews prefer Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain, while secular Jews support the Democrats' presumptive nominee, Barack Obama.

Sixty-eight percent of nonobservant Jews back Obama, compared with 26 percent of Jews whose faith is an important part of their day-to-day life.

Thirty-nine percent of the nearly 95,000 American Jewish adults polled said religion is important in their daily lives, which Gallup says is "well below the national average."

"If nothing else, the poll shows that observant Jews are the swing voters of the Jewish community and that each candidate thus has a practical interest in addressing observant Jews' concerns," said Nathan Diament, director of the Institute for Public Affairs of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

Jews generally have aligned themselves with the Democratic Party.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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