The Hill and The Forward reported today on a survey that showed a majority of American Jews support President Barack Obama's reelection.
The survey, which was conducted by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute, indicates that Obama received 62 percent of support from American Jewish voters.
David Harris, president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council, told WJW that the poll is "real world proof that American Jewish opinion remains overwhelmingly supportive of both the president and Democrats and the widely rumored shift [to the Republicans] simply is not happening."
"American Jews still strongly support this president and that's the single biggest takeaway that I garner from this poll," Harris said.
The NJDC also released a statement that can be viewed here.
The survey also notes that three-in-ten Jewish voters say they would prefer the Republican presidential candidate over the incumbent president.
In a press release detailing the findings of the survey, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox noted that while there was speculation of greater Jewish voter movement to the Republicans this year, "the current state of the race suggests that this year's Jewish vote will resemble past elections."
However, in February, a poll was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Life that indicated a shift in party affiliation for American Jews to the Republican Party.
JTA reported that the Pew poll recorded an increase in American Jews' affiliation with the Republican Party from 20 percent to 29 percent since the 2008 presidential election.
Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, stated to WJW that the results of the PRRI poll and the February Pew poll were still encouraging for the Republican Party's efforts to gain additional support among Jewish voters.
"As I said all along I don't have any expectation-nor does anyone in the Republican Party-that we are going to get a majority of the Jewish vote in 2012. But what is important and what we're working towards and accomplishing in an unimpeachable way is the fact that Republicans continue to make inroads in the Jewish vote," Brooks said. "Year after year, Republicans are gaining support among Jewish voters and that's what is important."
In addition, the survey posed the question about Iran's nuclear program and whether the U.S. should utilize diplomacy or military action to stop the Iranians from developing a nuclear weapon.
While 63 percent of respondents said that good diplomacy rather than military action in general was the best way to ensure peace, 59 percent of American Jews agreed that the U.S. should take military action against the Iranian regime if other policies like economic sanctions fail to curtail Iran's development of a nuclear weapon.
The margin of error for the survey was five percentage points.