An American observer comments on French politics.
Art, I agree with you. There's no "Jewish vote" in France (just as there's not really one in the US). Neither IFOP nor any other institute has specifically polled Jews and with a representative sample. Jews did vote for the left in their majority until 2007. But this was a one-off based on Sarkozy himself - on his philosemitism, almost Jewish origins, and pure Parisian origins (with no link to Catholic 'France profonde' - rather than a fundamental ideological shift. Arun
As they say about US Jews, "earn like Episcopalians, vote like Puerto Ricans." However, there have been Democrats who I think polled somewhere under 70% in presidential elections, e.g., McGovern, and possibly one or two others. So, while there is probably some difference in fervor for candidates of the left, it is difficult to say that there is a great difference between the two countries. Nonetheless, the Sephardic/Ashkenazi divide, which probably drives the lower Jewish vote for the left in France, has no real equivalent in the US as a political or cultural matter. It will be interesting to see what happens in the US in 2012.
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