The Anti-Israel lobby J Street is touting their exit poll which, despite their candidates losing non-stop, suggests that Jews not only voted for the Democrats by a whopping percent, numbers that are out of step not only with the RJC poll, but with other non-partisan exit polls, but that they want Obama to pressure Israel, hate Netanyahu and support Iran getting the bomb through a nuclear deal.
These also coincidentally happen to be the positions of J Street. And those of the pollster.
There’s always something suspicious when an organization arranges an exit poll of a general population whose views just happen to perfectly dovetail with their agenda.
In this case, J Street also has the benefit of a pollster with the same agenda.
The poll was commissioned by J Street and carried out by Gerstein Bocian Agne (GBA) Strategies. GBA claims to be experts on Jewish voters, but it’s suffering from a giant conflict of interest.
Jim Gerstein founded GBA after running Democracy Corps. He served as an advisor to the Center for American Progress’ Middle East focused site.
He also headed S. Daniel Abraham’s Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, the Slim Fast billionaire currently involved in the Olmert scandal. These are not just left-wing organizations. The latter are heavily involved in advocating positions that mirror those of J Street. And not just advocating them.
Stanley Greenberg of Democracy Corps and S. Daniel Abraham had been involved in manufacturing anti-Netanyahu social protests. President Clinton had dispatched Greenberg and Gerstein to bring down Netanyahu during his first term.
Jim Gerstein isn’t really a pollster, he’s an advocate. He’s been entangled with J Street all along and his polls remain controversial because they’re pushing an agenda.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to him.
“As an American, you have a say in what your country is trying to do, and can try to affect its policy,” said Gerstein, in one of several wide-ranging interviews with Tablet Magazine ahead of the conference. “How do you get the people who are typical American Jews, who care about political causes and went out and volunteered for Obama, to engage on this issue? The question is how to translate the support Jewish individuals have for progressive issues in America and put that together with their views on peace.”
For the next couple of days, though, Gerstein will be spending his time closely watching J Street’s most enthusiastic backers—the seed of what he, and Ben-Ami, hope can grow into a grassroots network that can be mobilized both to pressure the Obama administration to hasten a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and to express American Jewish support for such a deal.
This is an agenda. Gerstein doesn’t take the pulse of the public. He finds a way to push poll them into saying what he wants them to say.