More than eight in 10 Orthodox Jews in the United States say they’re planning to vote for President Trump over Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to a new survey commissioned by the American Enterprise Institute that reflects a major swing toward Trump since the 2016 election.
The poll of 1,000 Orthodox Jews shows Trump leading Biden, 83-13 percent, with 4 percent undecided or preferring someone else. The American Enterprise Institute said the poll reflects a 29 percent point swing toward Trump since his first election in 2016.
Trump has made his support for Israel one of the major themes of his administration. Speaking in May, he noted he moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and signed into law the Taylor Force Act, which cuts aid to the Palestinian Authority until it stops supporting terrorism.
“The Jewish State has never had a better friend in the White House,” Trump said in a speech to the Israeli American Council last year. “… For over 20 years, every previous president promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. And they never acted, they never did it. They never had any intention of doing it, in my opinion. But unlike other politicians, I kept my promises.”
America and Israel, he said in the speech, “are woven together by history, heritage and the hearts of our people.”
“We share a love of freedom, democracy, religious liberty, the rule of law and national sovereignty,” Trump said. “… The friendship between our countries is essential to achieving a more safe, just and peaceful world.”
Meanwhile, 76 percent of Orthodox Jews in the survey say the mainstream media has been unfair in its coverage of Trump, compared to 14 percent who say it’s been fair.
The magazine said the poll’s model was based on “the most currently available internal data, which breaks down America’s Orthodox Jewish constituency as 66 percent ultra-Orthodox or Haredi, 23 percent Modern Orthodox, 6 percent Traditional and 5 percent identifying either as Orthodox without a specific denomination or preferring not to say.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.