Anti-Semitism and Prejudice in America
Highlights from an ADL Survey - November 1998

How Prevalent is Anti-Semitism in America?
Declining Acceptance of Nearly All Anti-Jewish Stereotypes
Which Americans are Most Likely to Hold Anti-Semitic Views?
Anti-Semitism and Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance
Anti-Semitism and Political and Economic Alienation
Anti-Semitism and Attitudes Toward Israel
Survey Methodology


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The 1998 Anti-Semitism Survey was conducted for the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) as a joint project by the Marttila Communications Group and the Boston-based opinion research firm of Kiley & Company Inc.

The 1998 survey is the fourth major national survey conducted in the U.S. since 1964 to measure general public attitudes toward the American Jewish community. Previous polls were conducted by ADL in 1964 and 1992, and by the American Jewish Committee in 1981.


How Prevalent is Anti-Semitism in America?
  • The proportion of Americans holding views about Jews that are unquestionably anti-Semitic has dropped to 12% in 1998, from 20% in 1992.  -- More
Declining Acceptance of Nearly All Anti-Jewish Stereotypes
  • There has been a decline in the level of acceptance of nearly all anti-Jewish stereotypes since 1992.   -- More
Which Americans are Most Likely to Hold Anti-Semitic Views?
  • As previous studies have shown, the propensity to hold anti-Jewish stereotypes is concentrated among less educated and older Americans.  -- More

  • African-Americans continue to be significantly more likely than white Americans to hold anti-Jewish beliefs. As with whites, education level is the most important factor affecting the attitudes of blacks towards Jews.  -- More
  • The most anti-Semitic Americans tend to have less day-to-day contact with Jews than does the rest of the population.  -- More
Anti-Semitism and Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance
  • There is a high correlation between anti-Semitism and a lack of tolerance on other social issues.  -- More
Anti-Semitism and Political and Economic Alienation
  • Political and economic alienation have only a modest connection to anti-Semitism.  -- More
Anti-Semitism and Attitudes Toward Israel
  • The most anti-Semitic Americans have a more negative attitude toward Israel than does the rest of the U.S. public.  -- More

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