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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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.

Confirming what the 1992 study showed, the most anti-Semitic group of Americans holds a significantly more negative view of Israel and the Israeli government than does the rest of the public.

For instance, the most anti-Semitic group is much more apt to have an unfavorable (49%) than favorable (28%) impression of the current Israeli government, while among the rest of the public, reaction to the Israeli government is split almost evenly (34% favorable to 32% unfavorable).

On a range of other questions detailed in the chart on the following page, the most anti-Semitic Americans are more likely than everyone else to:

  • Cast doubts on the need for a close U.S.-Israeli relationship.
  • Express concern about Israel's "hidden influence" in the world.
  • Question the loyalties of American Jews.
1. Most Anti-Semitic Tend to be More Anti-Israel

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