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U.S. Presidential Elections: Jewish Voting Record

(1916 - Present)

Election Year Candidates % of Jewish Vote % of National Vote
1916 Hughes (R)
45
46
Wilson (D)
55
49
1920 Harding (R)
43
60
Cox (D)
19
34
Debs (Socialist)
38
3
1924 Coolidge (R)
27
54
Davis (D)
51
29
LaFollette (P)
22
17
1928 Hoover (R)
28
58
Smith (D)
72
41
1932 Hoover (R)
18
40
Roosevelt (D)
82
57
1936 Landon (R)
15
37
Roosevelt (D)
85
61
1940 Wilkie (R)
10
45
Roosevelt (D)
90
55
1944 Dewey (R)
10
46
Roosevelt (D)
90
53
1948 Dewey (R)
10
45
Truman (D)
75
50
Wallace (Progressive)
15
2
1952 Eisenhower (R)
36
55
Stevenson (D)
64
44
1956 Eisenhower (R)
40
57
Stevenson (D)
60
42
1960 Nixon (R)
18
50
Kennedy (D)
82
50
1964 Goldwater (R)
10
38
Johnson (D)
90
61
1968 Nixon (R)
17
43
Humphrey (D)
81
43
Wallace (Independent)
2
13
1972 Nixon (R)
35
61
McGovern (D)
65
38
1976 Ford (R)
27
48
Carter (D)
71
50
1980 Reagan (R)
39
51
Carter (D)
45
41
Anderson (I)
15
6
1984 Reagan (R)
31
59
Mondale (D)
57
41
1988 Bush (R)
35
53
Dukakis (D)
64
46
1992 Bush (R)
11
37
Clinton (D)
80
43
Perot (I)
9
19
1996 Dole (R)
16
41
Clinton (D)
78
49
Perot (I)
3
8
2000 Bush (R)
19
48
Gore (D)
79
48
Nader (I)
1
2
2004 Bush (R)
24
51
Kerry (D)
76
48
2008 McCain (R)
22
46
Obama (D)
78
53
2012 Romney (R)
30
47
Obama (D)
69
51
2016 Trump (R)
24
46
Clinton (D)
71
48
2020^ Trump (R)
30
49
Biden (D)
68
51

American Jews tend to favor Democratic candidates, with 71% of Jewish voters choosing Democratic candidates on average and 26% choosing Republicans since 1968.  

* - Number as percentage of popular vote
^ - There were no reliable polls immediately after the election. The usual sources — the National Election Pool and the Associated Press — did not post Jewish voting results. Partisan polls came up with results that, predictably, reflected their biases. The left-wing J Street exit poll, for example, found that Jews favored Biden 77%-21% while a Republican Jewish Coalition poll showed Biden winning the Jewish vote by a narrower margin – 601%-31%. The more neutral American Jewish Committee survey was not an exit poll. It showed that 76% of Jews supported Biden. “Findings of the 2020 AJC Survey of American Jewish Opinion: Presidential Politics,” AJC, (October 19, 2020). We are using the Associated Press VoteCast survey conducted by the nonpartisan National Opinion Research Center. AP decided not to conduct an exit poll because so many people now vote without going to a polling place. The NORC survey was conducted between October 26 and November 3, concluding as polls closed on Election Day. 


Sources: L. Sandy Maisel and Ira Forman, Eds. Jews in American Politics. (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), p. 153.
Findings of the 2020 AJC Survey of American Jewish Opinion: Presidential Politics, AJC, (October 19, 2020).
Ron Kampeas and Gabe Friedman, “How did Jewish Americans vote? Polls offer imperfect takes, but the big picture is clear,” JTA, (November 16, 2020).
“AP VoteCast 2020,” AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, (May, 2021).
Various news sources.