Poll: 91% of Americans would vote for Jewish presidential candidate

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt., pictured) is currently the only Jewish candidate officially running for U.S. president in 2016. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A new Gallup poll shows that 91 percent of Americans would vote for a Jewish presidential candidate, more than the 73 percent who indicated they would vote for an Evangelical Christian or the 60 percent who said they would vote for a Muslim. Fifty-eight percent said they would vote for an atheist. 

The poll findings were determined from telephone interviews conducted with 1,527 individuals ages 18 and up from June 2-7. The large number of respondents who said they would vote for a Jewish candidate, though equivalent to the figure determined in the same poll conducted in 2012, is notable because in 1937 fewer than half of Americans surveyed indicated as much.

The willingness to vote for a Jewish candidate was also broken down among Democratic and Republican voters in the survey. Ninety-two percent of Democrats and 95 percent of Republicans said they would vote for a Jewish candidate. A larger discrepancy was seen between the parties when it came to other faiths. Sixty-six percent of Democrats and 84 percent of Republicans said they would vote for an Evangelical candidate. Seventy-three percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans said they would vote for a Muslim candidate.

In addition to a high number reporting they would vote for a Jewish candidate, 92 percent said they would vote for a black candidate and/or a woman. Seventy-four percent would vote for an LGBT candidate, and 47 percent would vote for a socialist candidate.

Posted on June 23, 2015 .