Last week Barack Obama was proved a liar over his handling of the Libyan embassy attacks and embarrassed by Joe Biden’s inappropriate mugging and laughter during his debate with Paul Ryan.
Within the torrent of bad polling news Obama had to have heard the news that he is now on his way to being the first Democrat to lose the Jewish vote since they started keeping score in 1916.
An Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll says Mitt Romney is leading Obama 44/40 among Jewish voters. While the survey message cautions this was a small sample of a small group, no amount of “yeah buts” can talk away Obama’s fall from 78% among Jews in 2008 to anything near 40%. Moreover the 16 points of “undecided” are statistically and historically likely to deliver another 13 points to Romney for a mind blowing 57/43 victory among Jews. No Democrat has ever won the presidency while getting less than 68% of the Jewish vote. Of course the experts are scoffing at these numbers, but we’ve already seen two separate surveys showing Obama down to 59% support from Jews and Debbie Wasserman Schultz is getting just 44.2 % overall with the same 16 points of “undecided” in a heavily Jewish district
Saturday Obama got more bad news about is support among a key voting bloc: Florida’s Hispanics. A Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll shows Sunshine State Latino voters are rapidly turning away from Obama. Last month it found 52% Hispanic support for Obama and that has fallen to 44% this month. Worse still for him is that Romney now leads among Florida Latinos 46/44. These are of course are only Florida numbers but how far off can they be? Obama got 67% of the Hispanic vote in 2008.
Can Obama fix this problem and win back the Jewish and Hispanic support he has lost? That’s not likely because the next debate will be on foreign policy. Obama will have to defend his record of disrespect for Israel and the devastating effect his Fast and Furious debacle has had on innocent Mexicans.
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