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ADL Survey: Attitudes Toward Jews in Seven European Countries

Country By Country Results

Posted: February 10, 2009

Austria Germany France Hungary
Poland Spain UK  


Anti-Jewish sentiment in Austria
  • The data indicate that 30 percent of Austrian respondents answered "probably true" to at least three of the four anti-Semitic stereotypes presented.

  • Their responses to the four statements are as follows:

    1. 47 percent of respondents think that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to Austria.

    2. 36 percent of respondents think that Jews have too much power in the business world.

    3. 37 percent believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets.

    4. 55 percent believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.

  • 43 percent of Austrian respondents blame "Jews in the financial industry" either "a great deal," "a good amount" or "a little" for the current global economic crisis.

  • 17 percent of those surveyed in Austria agree that the Jews are responsible for the death of Christ.

  • 28 percent say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions of the State of Israel. Of those, 47 percent say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of actions taken by Israel, while 22 percent say their opinion of Jews is better as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

  • 39 percent believe the source of the current violence directed against Austrian Jews is a result of anti-Jewish feelings while 22 percent believe that the source of the violence is a result of anti-Israel sentiment.

  • By a margin of 71 percent to 12 percent, respondents think that the Austrian government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens.
Anti-Jewish sentiment in France

  • The data indicate that 20 percent of French respondents answered "probably true" to at least three of the four anti-Semitic stereotypes presented.

  • Their responses to the four statements are as follows:
    1. 38 percent of respondents think that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to France.

    2. 33 percent of respondents think that Jews have too much power in the business world.

    3. 27 percent believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets.

    4. 33 percent believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.

  • 15 percent of French respondents blame "Jews in the financial industry" either "a great deal," "a good amount" or "a little" for the current global economic crisis.

  • 11 percent of those surveyed in France agree that the Jews are responsible for the death of Christ.

  • 12 percent say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions of the State of Israel. Of those, 47 percent say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of actions taken by Israel, while 29 percent say their opinion of Jews is better as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

  • 39 percent believe the source of the current violence directed against French Jews is a result of anti-Jewish feelings while 25 percent believe that the source of the violence is a result of anti-Israel sentiment.

  • By a margin of 60 percent to 16 percent, respondents think that the French government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens.
Anti-Jewish sentiment in Germany

  • The data indicate that 20 percent of German respondents answered "probably true" to at least three of the four anti-Semitic stereotypes presented.

  • Their responses to the four statements are as follows:

    1. 53 percent of respondents think that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to Germany.

    2. 21 percent of respondents think that Jews have too much power in the business world.

    3. 22 percent believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets.

    4. 45 percent believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.

  • 30 percent of German respondents blame "Jews in the financial industry" either "a great deal," "a good amount" or "a little" for the current global economic crisis.

  • 15 percent of those surveyed in Germany agree that the Jews are responsible for the death of Christ.

  • 25 percent say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions of the State of Israel. Of those, 57 percent say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of actions taken by Israel, while 22 percent say their opinion of Jews is better as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

  • 37 percent believe the source of the current violence directed against German Jews is a result of anti-Jewish feelings while 25 percent believe that the source of the violence is a result of anti-Israel sentiment.

  • By a margin of 68 percent to 18 percent, respondents think that the German government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens.
Anti-Jewish sentiment in Hungary
  • The data indicate that 47 percent of Hungarian respondents answered "probably true" to at least three of the four anti-Semitic stereotypes presented.

  • Their responses to the four statements are as follows:

    1. 40 percent of respondents think that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to Hungary.

    2. 67 percent of respondents think that Jews have too much power in the business world.

    3. 59 percent believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets.

    4. 56 percent believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.


  • 46 percent of Hungarian respondents blame "Jews in the financial industry" either "a great deal," "a good amount" or "a little" for the current global economic crisis.

  • 33 percent of those surveyed in Hungary agree that the Jews are responsible for the death of Christ.

  • 15 percent say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions of the State of Israel. Of those, 60 percent say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of actions taken by Israel, while 20 percent say their opinion of Jews is better as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

  • 48 percent believe the source of the current violence directed against Hungarian Jews is a result of anti-Jewish feelings while 17 percent believe that the source of the violence is a result of anti-Israel sentiment.

  • By a margin of 51 percent to 26 percent, respondents think that the Hungarian government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens.
Anti-Jewish sentiment in Poland
  • The data indicate that 48 percent of Polish respondents answered "probably true" to at least three of the four anti-Semitic stereotypes presented.

  • Their responses to the four statements are as follows:

    1. 63 percent of respondents think that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to Poland.

    2. 55 percent of respondents think that Jews have too much power in the business world.

    3. 54 percent believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets.

    4. 55 percent believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.

  • 38 percent of Polish respondents blame "Jews in the financial industry" either "a great deal," "a good amount" or "a little" for the current global economic crisis.

  • 48 percent of those surveyed in Poland agree that the Jews are responsible for the death of Christ.

  • 23 percent say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions of the State of Israel. Of those, 47 percent say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of actions taken by Israel, while 37 percent say their opinion of Jews is better as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

  • 48 percent believe the source of the current violence directed against Polish Jews is a result of anti-Jewish feelings while 17 percent believe that the source of the violence is a result of anti-Israel sentiment.

  • By a margin of 54 percent to 27 percent, respondents think that the Polish government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens.
Anti-Jewish sentiment in Spain
  • The data indicate that 48 percent of Spanish respondents answered "probably true" to at least three of the four anti-Semitic stereotypes presented.

  • Their responses to the four statements are as follows:

    1. 64 percent of respondents think that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to Spain.

    2. 56 percent of respondents think that Jews have too much power in the business world.

    3. 74 percent believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets.

    4. 42 percent believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.

  • A quarter of Spanish respondents blame "Jews in the financial industry" either "a great deal," "a good amount" or "a little" for the current global economic crisis.

  • 21 percent of those surveyed in Spain agree that the Jews are responsible for the death of Christ.

  • 36 percent say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions of the State of Israel. Of those, 74 percent say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of actions taken by Israel, while 13 percent say their opinion of Jews is better as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

  • 26 percent believe the source of the current violence directed against Spanish Jews is a result of anti-Jewish feelings while 38 percent believe that the source of the violence is a result of anti-Israel sentiment.

  • By a margin of 52 percent to 21 percent, respondents think that the Spanish government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens.
Anti-Jewish sentiment in the UK

  • The data indicate that 10 percent of British respondents answered "probably true" to at least three of the four anti-Semitic stereotypes presented.
  • Their responses to the four statements are as follows:
    1. 37 percent of respondents think that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the UK.
    2. 15 percent of respondents think that Jews have too much power in the business world.
    3. 15 percent believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets.
    4. 20 percent believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.

  • 16 percent of British respondents blame "Jews in the financial industry" either "a great deal," "a good amount" or "a little" for the current global economic crisis.

  • 19 percent of those surveyed in the UK agree that the Jews are responsible for the death of Christ.

  • 20 percent say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions of the State of Israel. Of those, 66 percent say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of actions taken by Israel, while 20 percent say their opinion of Jews is better as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

  • 30 percent believe the source of the current violence directed against British Jews is a result of anti-Jewish feelings while 26 percent believe that the source of the violence is a result of anti-Israel sentiment.

  • By a margin of 46 percent to 23 percent, respondents think that the British government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens.
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