Jews voted overwhelmingly Democratic in 2012 for the presidency and for the Congress as they have for decades, but could that change?
The haredi population, which tends to vote largely Republican, is growing much faster than that of other Jews as a result of a higher birthrate, assimilation and other factors.
A new study for UJA-Federation of New York and reported in The Jewish Week found a dramatic 10% increase over the past decade of the Jewish population of Greater New York City, particularly in two Brooklyn haredi neighborhoods. It may show an impact on local, state and congressional races in coming years, but it could be a long time before it reaches the presidential level. Many other factors will influence haredi voting patterns, including choosing between office seekers who are seen as socially and fiscally conservative and those more inclined to support the health and welfare programs many in lesser affluent communities have come to rely upon.
Read more about it in my Jerusalem Post column, Washington Watch.