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American Jewish Opinion Regarding Anti-Semitism

(2020)

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Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism (JCPA, 2020)

 

Do not agree at all

Agree a little bit

Moderately agree
Agree
Very much agree
DK/Not sure

People who are strongly anti-Israel or anti-Zionist are most likely anti-Semitic as well

12%

17%

22%
22%
24%
4%

People who are anti-Semitic are most likely anti-Israel or anti-Zionist as well

5%

12%

11%
21%
46%
4%

Bi-partisan political support for Israel is just as important as bi-partisan support against anti-Semitism. (JCPA, 2020)

Do not agree at all

16%
Agree somewhat
28%
Very much agree
53%

Not familiar with issue/DK

4%

When it comes to anti-Semitism in the United States, in general, would you say that it predominantly stems from individuals identified with the political Right, with the political Left, equally from both, or would you say it is related to social/cultural/ethnic factors and not political ideology at all? (JCPA, 2020)

Almost exclusively from the right

21%
Mostly from the right
31%
Almost exclusively from the left
0%

Mostly from the left

1%
About the same for both left and right
12%
Related to social/cultural/ethnic factors and not political ideology at all
30%
Other
5%*

How much of a problem, if at all, do you think antisemitism is in the United States today? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

A problem

88%

88%

Not a problem

12%

11%

Over the past five years, do you think antisemitism in the United States has… (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Increased

84%

82%

Stayed the same

12%

14%

Decreased
4%
3%

Compared to a year ago, is the status of Jews in the United States more secure or less secure? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

More

2%

4%

Less

42%

43%

About the same
55%
52%

Over the past five years, have you, yourself, been the target of an antisemitic physical attack? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Yes, one time

2%

3%

No

98%

97%

Over the past five years, have you been the target of an antisemitic physical attack, an antisemitic remark in person, by mail, or by phone, or an antisemitic remark online or through social media? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

 
2020

Yes

37%

Not a target/DK

63%

Over the past five years, have you, yourself, been the target of an antisemitic remark online or through social media? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Yes, one time

6%

6%

Yes, more than one time

15%

16%

No
80%
77%

Over the past five years, have you been the target of an antisemitic remark in person, by mail, or by phone? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Yes, one time

10%

7%

Yes, more than one time
13%
18%

Not a target/DK

77%

75%

Over the past five years, if you, yourself, were the target of an antisemitic attack or remark, did you report this incident or any of these incidents? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019))

 
2019

2020

Yes, to the police

3%

4%

Yes, to a Jewish organization

6%

5%

Yes, through social media
17%
19%
No, I did not report it
75%
76%

On which social media platform(s) were you the target of an antisemitic attack or remark? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

 

2020

Facebook

62%

Twitter

33%

Youtube
10%
Instagram
12%
Snapchat
5%
TikTok
2%
Some other platform
10%
Don't know/refused
4%

Did the social media or online service you reported the incident to take any steps to respond to your report? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

Yes

53%

No
46%

Over the past five years, have you or anyone you know experienced antisemitism on a college campus? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Yes, you personally

1%

1%

Yes, someone you know

16%

17%

Yes, both myself and someone I know
3%
4%
No
78%
76%
Don’t know/refused
2%
2%

Compared to a year ago, is the climate on college campuses toward pro-Israel students less hostile, more hostile, or about the same as a year ago? (AJC, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

More hostile than a year ago

36%

Less hostile than a year ago

2%

About the same as a year ago
41%
DK
20%

Do you ever avoid certain places, events, or situations out of concern for your safety or comfort as a Jew? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Yes, always

2%

4%

Yes, frequently

4%

3%

Yes, sometimes
19%
24%
No, never
74%
68%

Have you avoided visiting Jewish institutions or participating in Jewish events because you would not feel safe there? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

 
2019

2020

Yes

5%

10%

No

95%

90%

Over the past two years, have you avoided publicly wearing, carrying, or displaying things that might help people identify you as a Jew? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019*)

 
2019

2020

Yes

31%

24%

No

68%

76%

*2019 - Did not ask over past two years.

Have you avoided posting content online that would identify you as a Jew or reveal your views on Jewish issues? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

 

2020

Yes

24%

No

75%

Have any Jewish institutions with which you are affiliated been targets of antisemitism? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Antisemitic graffiti

22%

17%

Antisemitic attacks

8%

8%

Antisemitic threats
17%
16%
None of these
54%
59%
Not affiliated with any Jewish institutions
11
10%
DK
2%
3%

In response to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, have any of the Jewish institutions you are affiliated with increased security measures or is security about the same? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

 

2020

Increased

56%

About the same

32%

Not affiliated
5%
DK / Refused
6%

Have any Jewish institutions with which you are affiliated hired security guards? (AJC, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 

2019

Yes

57%

No

32%

I don't visit or participate
1%
Not affiliated
6%
DK / Refused
4%

Have any Jewish institutions with which you are affiliated had police posted on site or outside? (AJC, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 

2019

Yes

52%

No

38%

I don't visit or participate
1%
Not affiliated
7%
DK / Refused
2%

Have any Jewish institutions with which you are affiliated trained or informed members on how to respond to an attack? (AJC, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 

2019

Yes

39%

No

45%

I don't visit or participate
1%
Not affiliated
7%
DK / Refused
8%

To what extent, if at all, do you think the Democratic Party holds antisemitic views? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

 

2020

A lot/Some

37%

Not much/at all

61%

Don't know/refused
2%

To what extent, if at all, do you think the Republican Party holds antisemitic views? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020)

 

2020

A lot/Some

69%

Not much/at all

28%

Don't know/refused
3%

In your view, how much of an antisemitic threat does the extreme political right represent in the United States today? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Very serious threat

49%

49%

Moderately serious threat

29%

26%

Slight threat
11%
14%
No threat at all
9%
8%
Don't know/refused
2%
3%

In your view, how much of an antisemitic threat does the extreme political left represent in the United States today? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Very serious threat

15%

16%

Moderately serious threat

21%

16%

Slight threat
28%
29%
No threat at all
34%
36%
Don't know/refused
2%
3%

In your view, how much of an antisemitic threat does extremism in the name of Islam represent in the United States today? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Very serious threat

27%

27%

Moderately serious threat

27%

26%

Slight threat
31%
32%
No threat at all
14%
13%
Don't know/refused
1%
2%

How effective do you think law enforcement is in responding to the security needs of Jews? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Effective

81%

78%

Not effective

15%

19%

Don't know/refused
4%
3%

Do you view the statement, “Israel has no right to exist,” as antisemitic or not? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019))

 
2019

2020

Antisemitic

84%

85%

Not antisemitic

15%

14%

Do you view the statement, “The U.S. government only supports Israel because of Jewish money,” as antisemitic or not? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Antisemitic

80%

84%

Not antisemitic

20%

15%

Do you view the statement, “American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to America,” as antisemitic or not? (AJC, Jews September 9-October 4, 2020, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 
2019

2020

Antisemitic

73%

76%

Not antisemitic

26%

22%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling the threat of antisemitism in the United States? (AJC, September 11 - October 6, 2019)

 

2019

Approve

24%

Disapprove

73%