BY THE NUMBERS: 3 Key Takeaways from the 2016 Jewish Vote by the Forward

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 Key Takeaways from the 2016 Jewish Vote

Image by Forward Montage

On Nov 9, the Pew Research Center released its preliminary findings on how religious groups voted in the 2016 presidential election.

There are 3 Key Takeaways:

Hillary Clinton garnered less of the Jewish vote than Gore, Kerry, or Obama in 2008.

71% of Jews supported the democratic nominee in this year’s election — slightly more than the 69% who voted for Obama in 2012, but significantly less than the 78% who turned out for Obama in 2008, the 74% who voted for Kerry in 2004, or the 79% who voted for Gore in 2000.

Presidential vote by religious affiliation and race

Religious attendance strongly correlated with supporting Donald Trump.

Pew’s data is for the American electorate in general, but Orthodox Jews are unlikely to have been an exception to this rule: A September 2016 poll conducted by the American Jewish Committee found that approximately 50% of Orthodox voters favored Trump while 21% supported Clinton (a full 15% said they would not vote).

Jews as a Percentage of the Electorate Held Relatively Steady

For the past two decades, Jews have formed approximately 2-4% of the electorate, and 2016 was no different.

Religious makeup of the electorate

Laura E. Adkins is the Forward’s contributing network editor. Contact her at or on Twitter, @Laura_E_Adkins.


Laura E. Adkins

Laura E. Adkins

Laura E. Adkins is the Forward’s Opinion Editor. Follow her on Twitter @Laura_E_Adkins or email

How Jews Voted in 2016: 3 Key Takeaways

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 Key Takeaways from the 2016 Jewish Vote

Thank you!

This article has been sent!