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Republicans make slight gains among Jewish Americans

Republicans are gaining some support among Jewish Americans, but Democrats remain overwhelmingly popular.

A new Gallup survey found that in 2014, 29 percent identified as Republican or leaned that way, while 61 percent preferred Democrats. The Democratic number is down 10 percentage points from 2008.

“The diminished Democratic skew among American Jews in recent years is slightly more pronounced than the same trend among all Americans,” according to a Gallup analysis. “The percentage of the general population that identifies with or leans Democratic has fallen by about seven percentage points since 2008, compared with the 10-point drop among Jews. The percentage that identifies with or leans Republican among the general population is up three points, compared with the increase of seven points among Jews.”

The new Congress has 28 members who identify their religion as Jewish. All are Democrats except freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York.

Political leanings vary in the Jewish population, largely by religiosity, gender and education.

“Jewish men are more Republican than Jewish women, highly religious Jews are more Republican than less religious Jews, and Jews with lower levels of education are more likely to be Republicans than those with more formal education,” Gallup found.

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