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Bill de Blasio and the Jews
by Daniel Greenfield
Bill de Blasio won 38% of the Jewish vote in the New York City Democratic Primary. Despite the liberal reputation of Jewish voters in the Big Apple, these numbers were roughly even with those of other religions and demographics.
The latest Marist poll, which shows de Blasio with a 43% lead, also shows the Jewish vote leaning toward him by only 55%. Republican challenger Joe Lhota scores 36% of the Jewish vote — his best numbers among any group except White Catholics (41%) and Conservatives (39%).
De Blasio's weak polling may reflect the growing numbers of New York City's Orthodox Jews, who tend toward a natural conservatism, but it may also reflect wariness toward any candidate who favors undermining the police and dispensing with the city's needed fiscal reforms.
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