the pollster went on to ask Minden, who is Jewish, how she would vote if she knew that Obama was supported by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza and was responsible for most of the suicide bombings against Israel. “It is scare tactics. It is terribly underhand,” she said.
The groups behind such polls have not been identified. One of the Republican groups working on behalf of John McCain’s campaign, the Republican Jewish Coalition, acknowledges carrying out a survey about Jewish voters’ views on Obama and Israel, but insists it was a legitimate exercise intended to test campaign messages on Jewish voters.