A national poll by Gallup shows that the president’s approval rating among Jews stands at 31%. That’s 11% below the national average.
On the negative side, Gallup suggests, are the lack of mention of Jews in his statement for International Holocaust Remembrance day, his slow and lackluster response to the wave of anti-Semitism in the first two months of his tenure and the appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. Bannon, the report comments, “has been accused of making anti-Semitic comments.”
On the positive side, Trump did eventually denounce anti-Semitism, has a Jewish daughter and son-in-law closely involved with his administration, and he has mouthed strong support for Israel.
But, Gallup notes, Trump has sent mixed messages on Israel — where he has now said to “hold off” on new settlements and the movement of the Embassy to Jerusalem.
Mostly, the pollsters say, the low approval rating just reflects the political affiliations of the Jewish population, which leans 64% democratic.