20.10.2008  
     
 
Foreign Policy Is Swaying At Least Two Voter Groups
 
  The economy may be foremost on the electorate’s mind, but for two voter groups, foreign policy-related issues appear to be heavily influential, and they could be with a third group, too. In turn, those voters can be influential on the entirety of the presidential race.

Barack Obama is the favored candidate among Jewish voters by a 30 percent margin, but that margin climbs to 40 percent among Jewish voters who rank Israel “very high” among their priorities in evaluating presidential candidates. Given Obama’s periodic knack for remarks about Israel that have upset some supporters of the country, that is particularly surprising; the Jerusalem Post has the details on both that phenomenon and the poll itself here.

Obama has also fared well among Latino Protestants, a group President Bush won over in 2004, and according to a poll that measured that community, increasingly anti-immigration GOP rhetoric and policy stances are partly to blame. Again, this is something of a surprise, considering that McCain’s record on immigration is more moderate than that of the majority of his party’s elected leaders in Washington. Reuters breaks it all down here.

And Asian-American voters, some of whom pay close attention to U.S.-Asia relations, “could hold the White House key,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Catering to Asian-American voters’ interests in overseas affairs is complicated, as I wrote about here, but there’s anecdotal evidence that Asian-American voters do pay attention to foreign policy issues that affect the countries from which they trace their heritage. Which may explain why McCain was putting out statements last week on North Korea and Taiwan. “If either campaign is looking for a place to get an extra one or two percentage points, Asian Americans are not a bad place to get it.” Taeku Lee, an associate professor of political science at the University of California-Berkeley, told the Journal.
 
 
 
Tim Starks 20.10.2008, 02:03 # 1 Comment
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  The story is confusing. It says that 58 per cent of Jews who think Israel is very important favor Israel and that sounds more like it. These do not comprise that large a slice of the pie.

The Jerusalem Post polled English-speakers in Israel and found 75 per cent were for McCain. In the general population the score runs 2:1 for McCain.

The main issue in this election for Israelis is Iran's nuclear threat. McCain is trusted. Obama is regarded as an unknown quantity who has not satisfactorily explained his unsavory associations.

http://www.root-1.co.il/cynical.htm
 
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