AJC Survey of New York Russian Jewish Voters

September 25, 2012 – New York – Russian Jewish voters in the New York metro area favor Gov. Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama for president, according to an American Jewish Committee (AJC) survey.

The survey, conducted during the summer, showed that 47 percent of New York Russian Jews would vote for Romney and 12 percent for Obama, while 41 percent were undecided.

The findings are consistent with the last two presidential elections, when Russian Jews preferred the Republican candidate. In 2008, the AJC pre-election survey found 63 percent would support Senator John McCain and 11 percent favored Senator Obama. In 2004, 54 percent said they would vote for President George W. Bush and 14 percent for Senator John Kerry.

The new survey found a generational gap among Russian Jewish voters. Younger Russian Jews, 18 to 35 years old, were evenly split, 30 percent choosing Obama and 30 percent Romney, with 37 percent undecided.

For 35-to-65-year-old Russian Jews, 53 percent prefer Romney, 9 percent Obama and 38 percent undecided. And, for voters 65 or older, 47 percent choose Romney, 11 percent Obama and 41 percent undecided.

Russian Jewish voters responding to the survey identified themselves as 32 percent Republican, 21 percent Democrat and 32 percent Independent.

The survey asked about the way the Obama administration is handling certain issues, including:

n  Economy -- 16 percent approve and 65 percent disapprove

n  National security,-- 50 percent approves and 29 percent disapprove

n  U.S.-Israel Relations – 17 percent approve and 62 percent disapprove.

n  Iran nuclear program – 24 percent approve and 57 percent disapprove

The survey of 311 Russian Jews in New York City was conducted for AJC by the Research Institute for New Americans (RINA), July 1 to August 31, 2012. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

AJC is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit, non-partisan organization that neither endorses nor opposes candidates for elected office. AJC has commissioned surveys of American Jews for many years on a range of key questions as a contribution to better understanding of the American Jewish community.

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