SAN FRANCISCO: Anti-Semitism may be increasing in the United
States as more young adults express bigoted views about Jews than
do middle-aged Americans, according to a national poll by the Institute or Jewish and Community Research in San Francisco.
On question after question, researchers found that the proportion of
Americans ages 18 to 35 who held anti-Semitic views was consistently higher than the percentage of middle-aged Americans who shared those attitudes.
For example, nearly one in four young adults23 percent agreed
with the statement that Jews were a “threat” to the country’s “moral
character,” a view shared by 15 percent of Americans between ages
45 and 54. And 20 percent of young adults agreed that Jews “care
only about themselves,” compared with 12 percent of middle-aged
Gary Tobin, president of the group that commissioned the survey,
suggested that the disquieting results may reflect “the blurring of
anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism on college campuses” and that
“the social norms against anti-Semitism that took root following the
Holocaust have worn off.”
The survey of about 1,000 randomly selected adults was conducted
in May. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.