American Jews (except for the Orthodox) favor Obama

Americans Jews favor Obama over McCain by 57% to 30% (with 13% undecided), according to the American Jewish Committee’s just-released Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion.

obama-kah2.JPGObama has the support of 59% of Conservative Jews, 62% of Reform Jews, 61% of “Just Jewish” Jews — but only a paltry 13% of Orthodox Jews.

On the question of which “one issue would you most like the candidates for president to discuss,” 54% of American Jews answered “economy,” 11 “health care,” 6 “war in Iraq,” 5 “energy” and “terrorism,” 3 “Israel,” 2 “immigration,” “education,” “taxes,” and “social security,” and 1% “Supreme Court nominations.”

And, 56% of American Jews do NOT think “there will come a time when Israel and its Arab neighbors will be able to settle their differences and live in peace.” 38% think peace will be achieved.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.