Spain: Public Opinion toward Jews and Israel-related Issues


Attitudes Toward Jews
On the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Attitudes Toward Jews

Those who agreed with the following statements (ADL, September 21, 2009)

 
2002
2004
2005
2007
2009
"Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust"
57%
57%
46%
46%
42%
"Jews have too much power in international financial markets"
71%
53%
54%
68%
74%
"Jews have too much power in the business world"
63%
47%
45%
53%
56%
"Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country"
72%
48%
51%
60%
64%

How much do blame do you place on Jews in the financial industry for the current global economic crisis? (ADL, February 2009)

percent responding "a great deal," "a good amount," or "a little"
25%

Is your opinion of Jews influenced by the actions taken by the State of Israel? (ADL, February 2009)

Yes
36%

Of those who responded yes to the previous question, is your opinion of Jews better or worse? (ADL, February 2009)

Worse
74%

In your opinion, is the violence directed against European Jews a result of anti-Jewish feelings or a result of anti-Israel sentiment? (ADL, May 2005; ADL, February 2009)

 
2005
2007
2009
Anti-Jewish Feelings
18%
19%
26%
Anti-Israel sentiment
31%
33%
38%

Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: "The Jews are responsible for the death of Christ." (ADL, February 2009)

 
2007
2009
Strongly + somewhat AGREE
22%
21%

Percent of Spanish with unfavorable views toward Jews. (Pew Global Attitudes Project, September 3, 2008)

 
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Unfavorable
20%
21%
39%
43%
46%

The percentage of respondents considered to harbor anti-Semitic attitudes based on responses to the ADL's index of questions (ADL, April 2004)

2002
34%
2004
24%

Percent responding "probably true" to each statement (ADL, April 2004; ADL, July 2007; ADL, February 2009)

 
2002
2004
July 2007
February 2009
Jews don't care what happens to anyone but their own kind
34%
23%
--
 
Jews are more willing to use shady practices to get what they want
33%
24%
--
 
Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country
72%
48%
60%
64%
Jews have too much power in the business world
63%
47%
53%
56%
Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust
57%
57%
46%
42%
Jews have lots of irritating faults
--
22%
--
 
Jews stick together more than other groups
--
47%
--
 
Jews always like to be at the head of things
--
30%
--
 
Jews have too much power in international financial markets
--
53%
68%
74%
Jews have too much power in our country today
--
11%
--
 
Jewish business people are so shrewd that others do not have a fair chance to compete
--
26%
--
 
Jews are just as honest as other business people (% saying "probably false")
--
9%
--
 

Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement? "Our government should monitor and publicly report on crimes committed against people solely because of their race, ethnicity or religion." (ADL, April 2004)

Strongly + somewhat AGREE
54%
Strongly + somewhat DISAGREE
35%

In your opinion, is it very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant or not at all important for our government to take a role in combating anti-Semitism in our counrty? (ADL, April 2004)

Strongly + somewhat AGREE
73%
Strongly + somewhat DISAGREE
12%

Level of concern about the recent outbreak of violence directed at Jews. (ADL, October 2002)

Very concerned
13%
Fairly concerned
38%
Fairly unconcerned
26%
Very unconcerned
18%
Don't know
5%

Do you think your government is doing enough to ensure the safety and security of its Jewish citizens? (ADL, October 2002; ADL, July 2007; ADL, February 2009)

 
October 2002
July 2007
February 2009
Yes
39%
43%
52%
No
30%
27%
21%
Don't know
30%
--
--

Do you see any possibility of an increase in anti-Jewish feeling around the country in the next few years?(ADL, October 2002)

Yes
35%

On the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Palestinian Authority truly wants to reach a peace agreement with Israel. (ADL, April 2004)

Agree
41%
Neither agree nor disagree
6%
Disagree
27%

Israel truly wants to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians. (ADL, April 2004)

Agree
28%
Neither agree nor disagree
4%
Disagree
42%

Thinking specifically about the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip - are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians? (ADL, April 2004; ADL, July 2007)

 
April 2004
July 2007
Israelis
7%
13%
Palestinians
24%
34%
Neither
46%
33%
Both
14%
14%
Don't know
8%
--

Given what you know about the group Hamas, do you consider it to be a terrorist organization or legitimate nationalist movement? (ADL, July 2007)

Terror organization
51%
Legitimate nationalist movement
18%

Percent answering "yes" to the following questions: (ADL, July 2007)

In your opinion, does Hamas want to destroy Israel?
48%
In your opinion, does Israel want to destroy the Palestinian people?
42%

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the European Union's decision to stop all foreign aid to the Palestinian government until Hamas renounces the use of violence against Israeli civilians, agrees to recognize Israel's right to exist and accepts all past agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority? (ADL, July 2007)

Support
48%
Oppose
40%

Would you say that Israel is an open and democratic society? (ADL, July 2007)

Yes
34%
No
47%

Regarding Hezbollah and the 2006 War in Lebanon:

Given what you know about Hezbollah, do you consider it to be a terrorist organization or legitimate nationalist movement? (ADL, July 2007)

Terror organization
41%
Legitimate nationalist movement
16%

In 2006, Hezbollah fighters crossed the Lebanese/Israeli border and attacked Israeli soldiers in northern Israel. The operation resulted in the death of eight Israeli soldiers and the capture of two additional Israeli soldiers. Do you think that Israel had a right to use military force against Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon in response to this attack? (ADL, July 2007)

Yes
25%
No
54%