Jews to Vote Overwhelmingly for Obama, Despite Republican Predictions to the Contrary, Argues Acclaimed Political Analyst in New Book "The Jewish Vote: Obama vs. Romney"

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How will Jews vote on Nov. 4, 2012? Obama or Romney? How should Jews vote? And why will it matter? Shmuel Rosner looks at the increasingly important Jewish vote in his new book published by Jewish Journal books.

"When it comes to most domestic issues of debate, Jews are one of, if not the, most liberal groups in America."

Renowned political analyst Shmuel Rosner's new book, "The Jewish Vote: Obama vs. Romney / A Jewish Voter’s Guide” (Jewish Journal Books, 2012) attempts to answer these questions in a nonpartisan analysis of the critical Jewish vote in the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

In this timely account, Rosner looks at the 2012 presidential race through the lens of one of the most influential and fascinating voting blocs in America: American Jews. Although only 2 percent of the population, American Jews can wield an outsized impact on electoral outcomes in critical swing states, and even more so through their activism and political contributions.

Rosner examines the chances of these traditionally Democratic voters switching to support a Republican, and the influence dramatic developments in Israel and the Middle East will have on the Jewish vote. His findings:

  • Jews will still turn out heavily for President Obama, despite Republican predictions — and wishes — to the contrary.
  • Although Israel and Iran are concerns, the top voting issues for Jews remain the economy and health care.
  • Although most Americans lost confidence in Obama’s handling of the economy, most Jews still approve of his job performance even on this issue.
  • For the past 10 years, Republicans failed to make Israel the issue with which to shift the Jewish vote.
  • For the past 20 years, the GOP was not considered a viable political option by most Jews.
  • As long as the Republican Party continues to emphasize religion and social conservatism, it will not be able to capture a large number of Jewish voters.
  • There is a huge gap between the political beliefs of American Jews and Israeli Jews — reflected in their presidential preferences.

Using on-the-spot reporting, statistics, interviews and expert analysis, Rosner provides fresh, original and nonpartisan insights to help readers navigate a highly contentious election season.

Shmuel Rosner is the senior political editor for the Jewish Journal and writes the influential daily blog Rosner's Domain. He is also a senior fellow at The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI); the nonfiction chief editor for Israel’s largest publishing house, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir; writes weekly for The International Herald Tribune / New York Times and for Israel’s Maariv Daily (Hebrew). He was previously a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, and was chief U.S. correspondent, head of the news division and head of the features division for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He wrote for many magazines, including Slate, Foreign Policy, Commentary, The New Republic, The Jewish Review of Books, and others. Rosner’s book, “Shtetl, Bagel, Baseball: On the Wonderful, Dreadful State of American Jews” was published in Israel by Keter, in Hebrew, (2011) and became a best-seller.

Jewish Journal Books is a division of TRIBE Media Corp., an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan media company that produces the Jewish Journal, and TRIBE magazine.

The Jewish Vote: Obama vs. Romney is available on as a Kindle e-book for instant download, or in a softcover print edition, also via
For more information, contact melissaw(at)jewishjournal(dot)com. To contact Shmuel Rosner, e-mail shmuelr(at)jewishjournal(dot)com.

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