Efforts by Israel and its lobby to equate criticism of Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people with anti-Jewish bigotry are in overdrive. Yet a new poll indicates that this campaign has failed even with the vast majority of Jewish American voters. The survey commissioned by the Jewish Electorate Institute, a group led by supporters of the Democratic Party, contains several eye-catching findings. A quarter of Jewish American voters agree that Israel is an apartheid state – a number that shoots up to 38 percent among those under age 40. Twenty-two percent of Jewish voters overall agree that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, a figure that rises to an astonishing 33 percent among the younger group. Moreover, Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to racism in the US, according to 34 percent of Jewish voters surveyed. That figure exceeds two in five among those aged under 40.
Source: A third of young US Jews see Israel as genocidal, poll finds | The Electronic Intifada
My thought for the day One of the oddities of political polling is trying to understand how 50% of the voting public would willingly return a party that has governed so abysmally. (John Lord )
Source: The Untouchables – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The decline in optimism about the nation’s trajectory is particularly pronounced among Republicans. In June, 60 percent of Republicans said the country was headed in the right direction; now it’s just 44 percent.
Source: AP-NORC Poll: Just 24 percent say US heading right direction
Newspoll: Tony Abbott marks second anniversary with lower support than election day 55:45
Source: ‘We’re sticking with the plan’
Senator would receive backing of 41% of Democrats to Clinton’s 32% as Clinton holds shrinking lead in Iowa, NBC finds
Source: Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire by nine points – poll | US news | The Guardian