Gallup poll shows U.S. Jews favour Clinton over Trump, 52-23 per cent

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish voters favour Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump 52 to 23 per cent in the U.S. presidential race, according to poll tracking by Gallup.

The only religious group showing stronger favorability ratings for the Democratic nominee in data collected from July 1-Aug. 28 is Muslims, who favour Clinton over Trump 64 to 9 per cent, according to the analysis posted Tuesday by Gallup.

Jews tend to favour the Democratic nominee by 10 to 15 points more than the general population, and this polling is no different; Gallup’s latest general population favorability ratings, for the week Aug. 24-30, show Clinton at 39 per cent and Trump, the Republican nominee, at 33.

Clinton also fares better than Trump among Catholics, 45 to 33, other non-Christian religions, 48 to 18 and atheist/agnostic, 44 to 19.

Trump fares better than Clinton among only two religious groups listed by Gallup, Protestants and other Christians, 40 to 35, and Mormons, 33 to 16.

Trump has come under fire for his broadsides against Muslims and other minorities. His expressions of antipathy toward Mexicans likely also hurt him among Catholics; Trump earns 44 per cent approval to Clinton’s 34 per cent among non-Hispanic Catholics, but scores 12 per cent to Clinton’s 67 per cent among Hispanic Catholics.

Gallup in an email to JTA said the margin of error for the Jewish sample was five percentage points and for the Muslim sample, 7.5 percentage points. There were 689 Jewish respondents and 168 Muslim respondents.

A recent poll of Florida Jews carried out by a polling firm close to J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, found that 66 per cent of Jews said they would vote for Clinton over 23 per cent for Trump. Only Orthodox Jews as a group favoured Trump over Clinton, by a margin of 3 to 1.

The Florida question, however, was phrased differently, asking respondents whom they would vote for, and not whom they favoured, as in the Gallup survey.

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