Posted on April 7, 2005

Poll: 14 Percent in U.S. Are Anti-Semitic

UPI, April 5, 2005

An Anti-Defamation League survey published Tuesday says 14 percent of U.S. residents have anti-Semitic views, a minor decline from 2002.

“The 2005 Survey of American Attitudes Towards Jews in America” questioned 1,600 adults across the country March 18 through March 25. The poll has a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

The 14 percent identified represent nearly 35 million adults who hold views about Jews that are “unquestionably anti-Semitic,” the authors said.

A similar survey in 2002 concluded 17 percent were anti-Semitic.

The number of blacks with strong anti-Semitic beliefs continued to remain high since 1992. The 2005 survey found 36 percent of African-Americans hold strong anti-Semitic beliefs, four times more than the 9 percent for whites.

The survey also revealed 35 percent of foreign-born Hispanics hold hardcore anti-Semitic beliefs, while 19 percent of Hispanics born in the United States fall into the same category.

Among other indicators, the more educated a person is, the less likely he or she is to have anti-Semitic views, and the older a person, the more likely he or she is to have anti-Semitic views.