United States / 06-04-2017

ADL Poll: A survey about attitudes towards Jews in America

Source: ADL

This poll found those who are the least educated and those who are the oldest in the population are most likely to hold antisemitic attitudes. This was consistent with past polls. Americans aged 39 or younger are remarkably free of prejudicial views.


Other findings include:

- 31 percent of the American people believe that Jews are “more loyal to Israel than to America,” a finding consistent with previous polls going back to 1964. 


- 30 percent of Americans accept the antisemitic notion that the Jews “killed Jesus.”


- One-quarter of Americans continue to believe that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust,” a finding consistent with previous surveys.


The October 2016 survey on antisemitism was conducted by Marttila Strategies. It was a national telephone with a base sample of 1,532 adults, plus an oversample of 280 African-Americans, and 252 Hispanics, bringing the oversample for both communities to 400 each. For those questions answered by all respondents, the survey results have a margin of error of ± 3 percent.


Following the October 2016 survey, ADL commissioned First International Resources to update attitudes and opinions toward Jews in five countries. Fieldwork and data collection for the project were conducted and coordinated by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research. All interviews were conducted between January 16 and February 27, 2017. The margin of error for the USA general population was +/-1.6 percent. The margin of error for USA Muslims was +/-3 percent.