Here’s a statistic for you. Donald Trump’s campaign may be beloved by the racist, anti-Semitic alt-right, but it has also captured the support of about a fifth of American Jews.
That is according to the 2016 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted Aug. 8-28.
It’s higher than might be expected, given all the anti-Semitic sewage that has flowed from Trump supporters and the candidate’s own staunch defense of a tweet widely viewed as anti-Semitic in July. Coincidentally, about three-quarters of respondents in the same survey said that they believe anti-Semitism is a problem in the United States today.
(No available data on whether Trump’s Jewish supporters consider themselves occupants of a “basket of deplorables.”)
For context: Exit polls from previous presidential elections show that about the same share of American Jews reported voting for the Republican candidate in 2000 (George W. Bush) and 2008 (John McCain), while shares were higher in 2004 (Bush) and 2012 (Mitt Romney).