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Jews backing Obama

by: JTA - Last updated: 2008-10-24

Barack Obama appealing to Jewish voters

Barack Obama appealing to Jewish voters

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Barack Obama is making significant gains among Jews, according to two new polls. An October tracking poll by Gallup found Obama leading John McCain among registered Jewish voters by a margin of 74-22 percent.

Obama's share of the vote in the monthly Gallup survey has risen five points since September and 13 points since July.

The October poll was based on 564 interviews conducted October 1-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

In addition, a Qunnipiac University poll of Florida voters found Obama winning 77 percent of the Jewish vote, compared to 20 percent for McCain.

The poll, taken October 16-21, surveyed 87 Jewish voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 10.5 points.

The polls suggest that after months of hovering around 60 percent, Obama appears to be within striking distance of the 75-80 percent of the Jewish vote won by the three previous Democratic nominees.