Lieberman Failed to Get Support From Jewish Voters

February 8, 2004

Source: Haaretz

On February 8, 2004 Haaretz reported, "A little more than a year ago, when Senator Joseph Lieberman announced he would seek his party's nomination as its candidate for president of the United States in the 2004 elections, his confidants said they were concerned the American public wasn't yet ready to accept a Jewish president. Lieberman whipped out surveys he had commissioned that indicated only a very small percentage of the public thought the candidate's Jewishness was problematic. The vast majority saw no problem with a Jewish president. Heartened by the surveys, Lieberman launched an intensive campaign, only to discover that, whereas the general public in the United States was willing to accept a Jewish president with no difficulty, the Jewish community was far more reluctant. Lieberman, who announced last Tuesday that he was abandoning his race for the nomination and the White House, did not get the support of the Jews. In the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the polls showed, both John Kerry and Howard Dean did better than Lieberman among Jewish voters. Lieberman won 23 percent of the Jewish vote in Arizona, but Kerry won 43 percent. In Delaware, Lieberman won nearly 30 percent of the Jewish votes, but again most Democratic Jewish voters there cast their ballot for Kerry."