Poll: Anti-Semitic attitudes up slightly in Europe

A new Anti-Defamation League poll found that anti-Semitic attitudes in several European countries have increased marginally since 2009.

The poll, released March 20, reported slight increases in overall anti-Semitic attitudes in a handful of European countries, including France, Germany and Hungary and the U.K. In Austria the rate was slightly lower. Poland’s level remained unchanged.

In almost all cases, the changes were minor and well within the roughly 4.5 percent margin of error. One notable exception was Hungary, where the rate of anti-Semitic attitudes rose to 63 percent from 47 percent in 2009. In the U.K, the rate increased to 17 percent from 10 percent.

The countries with the lowest rates of anti-Semitic attitudes were the Netherlands, at 10 percent; Norway, at 16 percent; and the U.K., at 17 percent. The highest rates were in Hungary (63 percent), Spain (53 percent) and Poland (48 percent).

The likelihood of anti-Semitic attitudes was higher among older people, those without post-secondary education and those with lower incomes. The survey also found that anti-Semitic attitudes generally were higher in the only two former Soviet bloc countries included, Poland and Hungary. — jta