August 3, 2006

BAD NEWS FOR BLUE JEWS:

Future of Orthodox Jewish Vote Has Implications for GOP: Small but Growing Group Receptive to Republican Ideas (Jim VandeHei, 8/03/06, Washington Post)

Republicans are hoping a strong defense of Israel translates into greater support among Jewish voters this fall, but the biggest political benefits are likely to come long after the 2006 campaign concludes, according to political and demographic experts studying Jewish voting trends.

The Jewish group proving most receptive to Republican overtures over the past decade is among the smallest: Orthodox Jews. Right now, they account for roughly 10 percent of the estimated 5.3 million Jews in the United States, hardly enough to tip most elections.

This is likely to change significantly in the years ahead because Orthodox Jews are the fastest-growing segment of the Jewish population, raising the possibility that one of the most reliable Democratic voting blocs will be increasingly in play in future elections, according to surveys of Jewish voting and religious and social habits.

"The likelihood is there will be a very quick jump in the number of orthodox as the baby boomers age and die," said David A. Harris of the American Jewish Committee, a nonpartisan organization that conducts an annual survey of Jews. "They will be increasingly replaced by Orthodox children who are more" in line with Republicans.


The rest vote Democrat for the same reasons they don't breed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2006 8:25 AM
Comments

Many of the Reform types and those who are totally non-secular think if you scratch a Republican, you get Mel Gibson talking to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. It's a comforting way to justify your continued alliance with the Democratic party by remaining in denial, especially when so many on the left of their party actually do sound like Mel Gibson.

Posted by: John at August 3, 2006 9:28 AM
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