Gallup: Jewish Approval of Obama Stabilizes at 55%

President Obama participates in a conversation with Haim Saban at the 10th annual Saban Forum on Saturday.

President Obama participates in a conversation with Haim Saban at the 10th annual Saban Forum on Saturday.


President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Jewish Americans has slightly improved, ultimately stabilized, in 2015 after a 13-percentage point drop between late 2012 and 2014, a new Gallup poll released on Tuesday showed.

According to the poll, 55 percent of U.S. Jews approved President Obama’s job as president by average in the year of 2015.

The improvement in Obama’s image is pretty significant given the events in 2015, from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress in March to the debate over the Iran nuclear deal.

As proven in recent polls, including the Jewish Journal-sponsored poll on the Iran deal, Obama’s job approval is higher among liberal, nonreligious and highly educated Jews. 85% of Jewish liberals and 65% of nonreligious Jews approve of Obama’s job performance. Only 34% of highly religious Jews give Obama a thumbs up.

Among Jews who hold conservative views, Obama’s approval rating is at a mere 12 percent. Similarly, only 9% of Jewish Republicans approve Obama’s job as president, compared to 84% of Jewish Democrats.

The poll also found that while throughout his presidency Obama’s approval ratings have averaged 13 points higher among Jewish Americans than among the general population, the 2015 rebound has been slightly stronger among U.S. adults. As a result, Gallup noted, the gap between Jewish Americans and all Americans shrank to below double digits for the first time — to nine points.


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