Anti-Semitism and Political
and Economic Alienation
Political and economic alienation have only
a modest connection to anti-Semitism.
Confirming the three previous studies, the 1998 poll finds that political and economic
alienation appear to have only a modest impact on an individual's propensity to accept
As the 1992 study pointed out, no poll can determine whether a dramatic change in the
economic or political climate of the country could trigger an increase in overt
anti-Semitism. But the current survey shows only a small correlation between anti-Semitism
and political alienation or economic distress.
The chart on the following page shows that the more anti-Semitic someone is, the more
likely they are to:
- Express sympathy for the concerns of anti-government militia groups.
- Agree that militia groups have the right to use force to defend themselves from
"federal government interference."
- Believe that a small group of businessmen and government leaders meet secretly to make
our country's decisions.
The most anti-Semitic group of Americans is also somewhat more likely than the rest of
the public to:
- Believe the U.S. economy is not in good shape.
- Feel that they personally do not earn enough money to lead the kind of life they want.
- See themselves as worse off financially than they were five years ago.
Worry that they or someone in their household might lose their job in the near future.
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