Most voters disapprove of Trump's Jewish 'loyalty' comment: poll

Most voters disapprove of Trump's Jewish 'loyalty' comment: poll
© Getty Images

Most voters disapprove of President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE’s remarks calling American Jews who vote for Democrats disloyal, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 59 percent of voters disapproved of Trump's remarks, including 56 percent of independents and 25 percent of Republicans surveyed. Eighty-six percent of Democrats said they disapproved of Trump's comments, according to the poll.

The poll comes after Trump last week said he thought Jewish people who voted for Democrats showed "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."


Trump didn’t directly state to whom the disloyalty was being shown. 

The comment was widely denounced as anti-Semitic by Jewish groups and Democratic lawmakers for questioning the loyalty of Jewish people in the U.S. The groups said Trump's comment falsely suggested Jews have a dual loyalty claim and played on anti-Semitic tropes.

The president's comments also follow his push last week for Israel to block Democratic Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (Minn.) from visiting the country because of their support for a boycott of the nation. The move and his support of it were also condemned by some Jewish groups.

More Jews have voted for Democratic candidates than Republicans in recent elections, according to exit poll data.

In 2016, 71 percent of voters who identified as Jewish voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE, while 23 percent voted for Trump. And in 2018, 79 percent of Jewish voters said they voted for Democrats in House races compared to 17 percent who said they backed Republicans, according to NBC News

The poll surveyed 1,987 registered voters from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.