From The Jerusalem Post
Lieberman boosts Gore's ratings
By Janine Zacharia
WASHINGTON (August 13) - More than half of US voters feel more favorable
toward Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman because he
is an Orthodox Jew, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll released
Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore received a
boost from his selection of Lieberman as his running mate this week, but
still trails Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush heading in to
the Democratic National Convention, which opens in Los Angeles tomorrow.
According to the survey, Bush has a 9-point lead over Gore among
Asked whether the fact that Lieberman is an Orthodox Jew made them feel
more favorable or less favorable toward him, 51 percent said more
favorable, while 16 percent said less favorable, and 33 percent had no
Lieberman received high marks for being the first prominent Democrat in
Congress to publicly criticize Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky sex
scandal, with 75 percent of the 876 voters polled saying they felt more
favorable toward him.
Two-thirds of voters also approved of his support for a limited test of
school vouchers, which would use tax money to help low-income parents pay
for their children to attend private or religious schools. Fifty-seven
percent, however, said Lieberman's vote to keep late-term abortions legal
made them feel less favorable toward him.
In what is being billed by Democrats as a less-scripted convention than
the Republican convention in Philadelphia, the Gore camp is hoping the
four-day party in Los Angeles will help Gore catch up to Bush in the
Jewish groups have planned a slew of events, the highlight of which is a
party co-sponsored by AIPAC, the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, and
United Jewish Communities at Sony picture studios tonight. Two thousand
people are expected to attend the event, where President Bill Clinton
will be the featured guest.
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