(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval rating among Jews in the United States is 31 per cent.
That is more than 11 per cent lower than the president’s overall approval rating of 42 percent, according to a Gallup poll taken from Jan. 20, the day Trump was sworn in, to March 15.
Gallup points out that Jews appear to be reacting to Trump along party lines. Some 64 per cent of Jews identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, according to data from the same time period, and 29 per cent identify with or lean toward the Republican Party.
Gallup also points out that Trump has sent “mixed signals to American Jews about their position in the country and his administration’s stance toward Israel.” Among the issues was being slow to denounce a pronounced wave of anti-Semitism and failing to mention Jews in the administration’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, as well as appointing a pro-settlements ambassador to Israel but then calling on Israel to “hold off” on building in settlements.
Trump has a “significant opportunity to boost his image among Jews, Americans and the world,” Gallup reports. “During the campaign, Trump talked about using his negotiating skills, and those of [his Jewish son-in-law Jared] Kushner, to reach a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. If Trump accomplishes what his predecessors could not by negotiating a peace deal, this could certainly affect his approval rating not only among American Jews but among all national adults.”