Poll: Israel concerns push UK Jewish voters to heavily favor Conservatives

Protests in London over the Gaza war in July 2014. Source.

(JTA) — Concerns over Israel loom large as Jewish voters in Britain intend to cast their ballots overwhelmingly for the Conservative Party in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by The Jewish Chronicle newspaper and released Tuesday, found that Jewish voters intend to support the party of incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron by a margin of 56 percent to 18 percent for Labor, with 12.5 percent undecided and roughly 2 percent each going to the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party. The margin climbed to 69 percent Conservative to 23 percent Labor when those who refused the survey or were undecided were eliminated from the results.

Some 73 percent of the 566 respondents said that the parties’ attitudes toward Israel were “very important” or “quite important” in influencing their votes…

The election will be held on May 7, 2015.  I wonder if much higher profile of Islam in the UK as opposed to the US makes a difference.  I am inclined to think it might.