Jewish Exponent: Study: Jewish Voters Rank Protecting Medicare, Social Security as Most Important Issue

June 3, 2019

Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, discussed the poll’s implications for the 2020 election.

“There is a constant here that Jews are Democrats because Democrats care for Jewish values,” Soifer said. “But there have been new developments here. In addition to a wide range of domestic issues that Jews are voting on, we also know that Jews are also voting on their own security. And this is a new dynamic we are seeing in this county.”

For 2020, Soifer agrees that Jewish values will dominate the political debate among Jewish voters.

“We know that three-quarters of the Jewish community are Democrats and continually vote Democrat,” Soifer said. “But what is unique about this moment is that it’s not just about political affiliation, but it’s about Jewish values, and that President Trump has not reflected Jewish values. One thing is new: American Jews are voting to their insecurity and the rise in anti-Semitism, and they clearly associate their rise in insecurity with Trump.”