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Jewish voting behavior

Eric Alterman’s column is persuasive in its treatment of the consistently liberal pattern of Jewish voting behavior. I would suggest, however, that his emphasis on the small size of the Jewish electorate risks obscuring its importance in close elections.

First of all, Jews are more likely to vote than almost any other group. Second, Jews are concentrated in New York, which is generally liberal, but also to a lesser degree in states like Pennsylvania and Florida, which have been swing states in some elections. While the numbers are still very small, so are the margins of victory in some races.

At the risk of being misunderstood—I am certainly not blaming Bush on the Jews!—it is possible that if a few hundred elderly Jewish voters in Florida in 2000 had had less trouble reading those infamous butterfly ballots, the world might have been spared the horrors of George W. Bush’s presidency.

Deborah Lyons

Oxford, OH

Oct 6 2012 - 8:15pm

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