WASHINGTON – More than 4 out of 10 U.S. voters think anti-Semitism is a growing problem in the Democratic Party, according to a poll released Monday.
The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 42 percent of the respondents said anti-Semitism is becoming more prevalent in the party, compared with 35 percent who said they do not. Meanwhile, 23 percent said they were not sure if anti-Semitism is growing in the party.
The sampling included 1,000 likely voters and was carried out Thursday – Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that the Democratic Party has been taken over by “anti-Israel” elements and has become an “anti-Jewish party.”
A day earlier the House of Representatives approved a resolution that condemns anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.
The resolution was prompted by comments Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had made that seemed to question the loyalty of Americans who support Israel.
Drafting of the resolution provoked a dispute between pro-Israel Democrats and more progressive members of the party over whether it should mention Omar by name and if it should be expanded to include other forms bigotry.
An agreement was reached not to name Omar and amend the resolution to include denunciations of racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and other forms discrimination.
Twenty-three Republicans voted against the resolution. They argued it was watered-down due to the inclusion of new language and because Omar was not mentioned.
Omar voted for the resolution as did all of her fellow Democratic colleagues.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who was stripped of his committee assignments in January after making comments in an interview that seemed to condone white nationalism and white supremacy, voted “present.”
Since 1980 every Democratic presidential candidate has received a majority of the Jewish vote, with the exception of Jimmy Carter.
During his unsuccessful bid for re-election that year, Carter received 45 percent of the Jewish vote. Republican Ronald Reagan won 39 percent of the Jewish vote and Independent candidate John Anderson won 15 percent.