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J Street polls: Biden winning Jewish vote by 50+ points in Florida, Pennsylvania

Liberal group’s surveys show Biden enjoying over 70% of support in both crucial battlegrounds; Jewish voters rate US-Israel relationship among lowest priorities

Supporters listen as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ends his speech at the Pittsburgh train station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 30, 2020, during a train campaign tour (ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)
Supporters listen as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ends his speech at the Pittsburgh train station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 30, 2020, during a train campaign tour (ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)

JTA — Joe Biden is winning the Jewish vote by over 50 points in the key swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania, two polls commissioned by the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby group J Street have found.

In Pennsylvania, 75% of respondents said they would vote for Biden and 22% picked Trump, tracking exactly with a nationwide American Jewish Committee poll published this week. In Florida, the gap was 73% to 22%.

Both states have large Jewish populations, and both the Biden and Trump campaigns have focused substantial resources on Jewish voters there.

All three polls track within the margin of error of Hillary Clinton’s showing with Jewish voters in 2016, when she garnered 71% to Trump’s 24%.

US President Donald Trump looks out from the Truman Balcony upon his return to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19, in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2020. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP)

The polls also show that Jewish voters rate the economy and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic as their top issues, and the US-Israel relationship as among their lowest.

“Jewish voters in Florida and Pennsylvania resoundingly reject Donald Trump’s domestic and foreign agenda, and they are embracing Joe Biden in overwhelming numbers,” said pollster Jim Gerstein.

“With two weeks remaining to Election Day and very few undecided voters, Biden appears to be on track for the best performance among Jewish voters in a presidential election since President Obama in 2008.”

The polls, conducted by GBAO, reached 600 Florida Jewish voters by phone between October 12-14 and 710 Pennsylvania Jewish voters between October 12-15 by phone and text-to-web. The Florida poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points and the Pennsylvania poll had a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

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