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Jewish Support of Obama Dips to 45 Percent

9:48 AM, Sep 26, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Ben Smith reports that Jewish support of Obama has dipped below 50 percent: 

The American Jewish Committee's annual survey of its constituents (and this is American Jewish adults, not voters) is out today, and shows the sort of dramatic drop in support for Barack Obama that you've seen in a range of polls.

Last year, 57% of American Jews approved of his performance; now he's at 45%, bad news in a heavily Democratic group. 

And there seem to be a mix of general and specific factors at play here. The obvious general one is the economy. Last year, 55% approved of Obama's handling of the economy. Now an astonishing 60% disapprove, and only 37% approve -- the most dramatic shift in the poll.

But Obama's down sharply on Israel too. Last year, 55% of Jews approved of how he was handling the situation. Now, 53% disapprove, with the approval number down 15 points. 

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