Gallup poll: U.S. Jewish support for Obama on the decline
American Jews give U.S. president 60% approval rating in June, a drop from May when support of Obama spiked due to Osama bin Laden's death, but also marks the lowest point thus far in 2011.
American Jews gave U.S. President Barack Obama an approval rating of 60% in June, a slight drop from 64% in April and 68% in May, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday.
Despite the drop, a majority of American Jews still appear to approve of Obama, with only 32% of Jews giving a negative rating.
U.S. Jews gave Obama a 60% job approval rating in June, which marked a slight drop from 68% in May – a month in which Obama's approval rating spiked among all Americans following the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1.
The 60% rating is the lowest one since Obama took office, and pales in comparison to his support among Jews in 2009, which stood at 83%.
Disregarding the month of May, American Jews' approval of Obama in June was statistically unchanged from 64% in April.
Obama's disapproval rating among U.S. Jews was an average of 30% throughout 2011, and in June it stood at 32%, the same rating as in April.
The poll shows that Obama's two Mideast speeches during the month of May, one in the U.S. Department of State and the other at the AIPAC conference in Washington, did not change U.S. Jews' approval rating. According to a poll by Jewish democrats, Obama enjoyed an 86% approval rating before the speeches and 85% afterward. It was also found that Jews who do not regularly go to synagogue tend to be greater supporters of Obama.
David Harris, president of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said in response to the poll that the numbers prove that the Jewish support of Obama has remained high in comparison to the overall population, adding that Obama has done much to strengthen U.S.-Israel ties.
The overall approval rating of Obama in the general population is currently on a slight downward trend, but the U.S. president has managed to secure a very slight majority of support from the population, with a current approval rating of 47% as opposed to 46% disapproval.