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ADL 2011 Poll on Anti-Semitism

Sponsor(s): Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Principal Investigator(s): Inc. Marttila Strategies

Study Dates: October 13 - October 23, 2011

Key Findings:

ADL-sponsored Study in 2011 compared current American views towards Jews and levels of anti-Semitism with previous studies sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.

Press release notes that "The ADL survey ... found that 15 percent of Americans – nearly 35 million adults – hold deeply anti-Semitic views, an increase of 3 percent from a similar poll conducted in 2009, and matching the levels of anti-Semitic propensities recorded in the U.S. in 2005 and 2007...."

The press release also notes that the Study: "...shows that at a time of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, age-old myths about Jews and money and Jewish power in business endure. Nineteen percent (19%) of Americans answered 'probably true' to the statement 'Jews have too much control/influence on Wall Street,' an increase from 14 percent in 2009."

"According to the ADL poll, the most educated Americans are largely free of prejudicial views. Less educated Americans are more likely to hold anti-Semitic views. The poll found that 22 percent of who graduated high school or completed some high school harbor strongly anti-Semitic views, as compared to 13 percent among those who completed some college, and 9 percent among those who graduated from college."

The poll also looked at anti-Semitic views among Hispanics and African-Americans.

"Hispanic Americans born outside of the U.S. are more likely than Hispanics born in the U.S. to hold anti-Semitic views. According to the survey, 42 percent of foreign-born Hispanics hold anti-Semitic views, as opposed to 20 percent of U.S. born Hispanics."

"In the past four years, anti-Semitic views among the African-American population have remained steady, but are consistently higher than the general population. In 2011, 29 percent of African-Americans expressed strongly anti-Semitic views."

The ADL poll also cited major positive findings in American views towards Jews:

"Jews have a strong faith in God (79 percent).""Jews have contributed much to cultural life of America (64 percent).""Jews emphasize the importance of family life (83 percent)."


American adults - survey of 1,200 American adults plus an over-sample of 243 African-American and 227 Hispanic Adults so that each group equalled at least 400 interviews..

Sample Size: Total of 1,754 adults interviewed by telephone: 1,200 American adults from base sample plus an additional 243 African-American and 227 Hispanics (so each minority group totaled 400 interviews)

Sample Notes:

Methodology description in PowerPoint presentation and in Press Release notes that a split sample questionnaire design was utilized, with the basic 1,200 sample split into two demographically equivalent groups.

Thus, for questions asked of all 1,200 respondents the margin of error (MOE) is +/-2.8%, but for questions asked of 600 respondents, the MOE was +/-4.0%, while for those asked of only 400 respondents, the MOE was +/-4.9%.

Readers should interpret trend findings within the context of the MOE's for 2011 Study and previous studies.

Study Notes:

Data from ADL studies of anti-Semitism in Europe are often available at the Anti-Defamation League website (see LINK).

Language: English