The gap in the Gallup survey isn’t huge. It might be well within the margin of error. And vast majorities of just about everybody say that they would vote for a Jewish presidential candidate. And yet the gap, or the source of it is interesting.
93% of Americans overall would vote for a Jewish candidate. That’s up from 91% in 2015.
Among white people, 96% would vote for a Jewish candidate.
Among non-whites, it’s 86%.
Now 86% is still pretty great. Especially when you look at historical trends for this type of question.
But that 10% gap tells us a bit about where the anti-Semitism is. And it’s mostly, not, among white Americans. The Poway synagogue shooter and his alt-right comrades represent a negligible portion of America. Farrakhan represents a larger one.
14% of non-whites are willing to say that they would not vote for a Jewish candidate.
It’s not an insignificant number. And if it were less politically inconvenient, Gallup would have pushed it forward instead of burying it in the sand.
At 90%, millennials are the age demo least likely to vote for a Jewish candidate. Those 55 and over are the most likely to at 96%.
Why are 10% of millennials willing to say they wouldn’t vote for a Jewish candidate?
Again, interesting question. Part of the answer may be that the millennial generation is more diverse and less tolerant of Jews.