Jewish Dems Respond to Midterm Election Night Poll
WASHINGTON – A nationwide poll of Jewish voters released today by GBAO Strategies indicated that 74% of Jewish voters supported Democrats in the midterms. This demonstrates the effectiveness of an unprecedented campaign by the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) and JDCA PAC to mobilize Jewish voters in support of Democrats in key Senate and House races across the country.
The national survey of 800 Jewish voters conducted for J Street found that 74% of Jewish voters supported Democrats for Congress, compared to only 25% who backed Republicans. It also found that defending democracy and abortion access were the top two issues driving Jewish voters, and that 76% of Jewish voters held Republicans responsible for the rise of antisemitism. By endorsing 124 candidates and running ads in 42 races across 11 states, JDCA engaged in its most robust election effort since its founding more than four years ago.
JDCA CEO Halie Soifer said, “The future of democracy and reproductive rights were on the ballot in these elections, and three out of every four Jewish voters overwhelmingly supported Democrats because of those two key issues. JDCA led an unprecedented campaign to ensure that Democrats won this election with the strong support of Jewish voters, and that’s exactly what occurred in the midterms. Three-quarters of Jewish voters supported Democrats and rejected extremist Republicans, and it made a decisive difference in the outcome of this close election. JDCA’s efforts transcended party lines and included a large campaign focused on Independent voters, whose votes will likely determine which party controls the majority in the Senate and House.”
Focusing on Jewish Democrats and Independents, JDCA PAC’s digital ads reached voters in 11 states more than 48 million times. Volunteers across the country phone and text banked in the lead-up to the election, making 1.5 million direct voter contacts in 16 critical states, more than twice the amount of voter engagements made in 2020.
In Pennsylvania, where JDCA PAC spent more money than any other state, Jewish voters were critical in ensuring Senator-elect John Fetterman’s victory, as well as the re-election of every House Democrat. After Pennsylvania, JDCA PAC spent the largest amount of money in Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia. The focus of JDCA’s efforts now turn to the runoff in Georgia, where JDCA PAC helped to secure the election of Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock early last year.