Poll: 92% Comfortable with Jewish Vice President

PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS


Ninety-two percent of U.S. voters say they are comfortable with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump choosing a Jew as their vice presidential pick, a new Quinnipiac poll, published on Wednesday, showed.

Quinnipiac asked registered voters about possible minority vice presidents: Someone who is black, a woman, LGBT, Latino, Jewish or Muslim. As many as 78 percent said they would feel “very comfortable” with a Jewish vice president.

Among Democrats, 78 percent felt very comfortable with a Jewish vice president, while 80 percent felt very comfortable with a Latino.

Republicans were less accepting of a minority vice president across the board. Sixty-nine percent were “very comfortable” with a Jew, and 23 percent were somewhat comfortable.

Former Senator Joseph Lieberman was the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket in 2000. Earlier this year, Senator Bernie Sanders became the first Jewish American to win a U.S. presidential primary.

Asked about a Muslim vice president, only 56 percent of respondents said they would be comfortable with it, including 34 percent who would feel very comfortable. Among Republicans, only 13 percent would be “very comfortable” with a Muslim vice president.

The presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential nominees are expected to announce their respective running mates next month.


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