ADL survey: Anti-Semitism at low point

The level of anti-Semitism in the United States has tied a historic low point, according to an Anti-Defamation League poll.

The survey, released Oct. 29, found that 12 percent of Americans hold anti-Semitic views, down from 15 percent in 2007 and matching the 12 percent figure recorded in 1998. The highest number on record was 29 percent in 1964.

The poll of 1,200 men and women has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent. It asked respondents whether they agree with 11 statements about Jews, such as whether they have “too much power in the U.S. today.” Respondents are classified as holding anti-Semitic views if they agree with six of them.

In other findings, 30 percent of respondents agreed that “American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to America” and 29 percent believe that Jews are responsible for the death of Christ. — jta