Poll: Jewish approval of Obama unchanged

President Barack Obama’s status among American Jews remains unaffected despite recent tensions with Israel’s government, according to a Gallup Poll released July 5.

Obama’s approval rating among U.S. Jews was 60 percent in June, the polling company said, consistent with earlier months.

Also, Jews still consistently approved of the president’s performance at an average of 14 percentage points above the general public, Gallup said in its release. Obama’s overall approval rating in June was 46 percent.

Approval of Obama’s performance among Jews had spiked in May at 68 percent and overall at 50 percent in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

There was no statistically significant change after Obama’s May 19 Middle East policy speech in which he called for talks with the Palestinians to resume based on 1967 lines with land swaps, Gallup said.

Gallup tracks approval of the president in daily telephone interviews. Because data from Jews come from a relatively small sample size, the margin of error is 7 percentage points compared to 2 points in the general population.  — jta