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Gallup reports that Barack Obama's troubles with Jewish voters may be overstated as in fact that Obama-Clinton Jew split is quite tight. Still, when you consider broader demographic factors I think this looks less good for Obama. Jews, after all, mostly fit into the upscale "wine track" category of Democrats in which Obama is doing well and historically Jewish voters have supported reformist liberals of Obama's ilk. Given those priors, Obama being near-parity with Clinton is Obama doing poorly, and I think shows some of the attacks on him over Israel and some of the smear campaigns have had some effect.

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