United Kingdom: Public Opinion toward Jews and Israel-related Issues

(Updated November 22, 2011)


Attitudes Toward Jews and Israel
On the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
On Iran
Regarding Hezbollah and the 2006 Lebanon War

Attitudes Toward Jews and Israel

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

yes
20%

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

worse
66%

In your opinion, is the violence directed against Jews in the U.K. a result of anti-Jewish feelings or a result of anti-Israel sentiment? (ADL, July 2007; ADL, February 2009)

 
2005
2007
2009
anti-Israel sentiment
33%
34%
26%
anti-Jewish feelings
24%
27%
30%

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

 
July 2007
February 2009
Yes
53%
46%
No
24%
23%

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

 
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Unfavorable
9%
6%
7%
8%
9%

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

 
2005
2007
Yes
38%
45%
No
33%
32%

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly opopse efforts by UK-based organizations to boycott Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians? (ADL, July 2007)

Strongly + somewhat SUPPORT
42%
Strongly + somewhat OPPOSE
37%
Don't know
20%

Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: "American Jews control U.S. Middle Eastern policy"? (ADL, July 2007)

agree
34%
disagree
38%

Thinking generally about Israel, would you say that your viws are very favorable, fairly favorable, neither favorable nor unfavorable, fairly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (ADL, July 2007)

 
2005
2007
"very" or "fairly" FAVORABLE
27%
30%
"very" or "fairly" UNFAVORABLE
22%
20%

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

2002
18%
2004
24%

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

 
2002
2004
2009
Jews don't care what happens to anyone but their own kind
10%
18%
--
Jews are more willing to use shady practices to get what they want
11%
13%
--
Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country
34%
40%
37%
Jews have too much power in the business world
21%
20%
15%
Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust
23%
31%
20%
Jews have too much power in international financial markets
--
--
15%
The Jews are responsible for the death of Christ
--
--
19%

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
65%
Strongly + somewhat DISAGREE
29%

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
83%
Strongly + somewhat DISAGREE
9%

 

On the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict top

There has been a lot of news coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. How closely have you been following this coverage? (ADL, July 2007)

A great deal + A good amount
31%
A little + Not at all
69%

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
48%
Legitimate Nationalist Movement
17%

In your opinion, does Hamas want to destroy Israel? (ADL, July 2007)

yes
50%

In your opinion, does Israel want to destroy the Palestinian people? (ADL, July 2007)

yes
38%

Please tell me whether you agree a lot, a little, disagree a little or a lot with the following statement: "Israel truly wants to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians." (ADL, July 2007)

 
2005
2007
Agree
57%
54%
Disagree
17%
24%

Please tell me whether you agree a lot, a little, disagree a little or a lot with the following statement: "The Palestinian Authority truly wants to reach a peace agreement with Israel." (ADL, July 2007)

 
2005
2007
Agree
56%
48%
Disagree
16%
28%

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

Agree
47%
Neither agree nor disagree
10%
Disagree
31%

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

Agree
49%
Neither agree nor disagree
12%
Disagree
29%

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, June 27, 2002; ADL, April 2004; ADL, July 2007)

 
2002
2004
2005
2007
Israelis
13%
18%
14%
18%
Palestinians
30%
24%
27%
32%
Neither
27%
33%
--
27%
Both
17%
14%
--
11%
Don't know
11%
10%
--
--

The data indicates that the more familiar respondents are with Muslims the more likely they are to be sympathetic to the Palestinians. (ADL, June 27, 2002)

Overall sympathy for Palestinians
30%
Sympathy among those in contact with Muslims "very often"
32%
Sympathy among those in contact with Muslims "fairly often"
34%

Respondents who say they "never come in contact with Muslims" are more sympathetic with Israel. (ADL, June 27, 2002)

Overall sympathy for Israelis
13%
Sympathy for Israelis among those who "never come in contact with Muslims"
--

How often do you follow the media coverage? (ADL, June 27, 2002)

 
Sympathize with Israelis
Sympathize with Palestinians
Good deal + good amount
11%
41%
A little + nothing at all
15%
18%
Total
13%
30%

Attitudes toward Iran top

Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, somewhat unconcerned or not at all concerned about Iran developing nuclear weapons? (ADL, July 2007)

very + somewhat CONCERNED
88%

Some countries accuse Iran of having a secret nuclear weapons program, but Iran says that it is only developing nuclear energy, not weapons. What do you think -- is Iran's nuclear program being developed for nuclear weapons of nuclear energy? (ADL, July 2007)

nuclear weapons
49%
weapons and energy
16%
nuclear energy
17%

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose imposing economic sanctions against Iran until it agrees to suspend its nuclear program? (ADL, July 2007)

Support
53%
Oppose
35%

Regarding Hezbollah and the 2006 Lebanon War top

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

Terror Organization
48%
Legitimate Nationalist Movement
14%

In July 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
52%
No
33%