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New poll finding antisemitism a serious concern in America shows need for action

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Source: ADL

Nearly two-thirds of US voters see antisemitism as a serious problem in America, according to a Thursday poll by Rasmussen Reports.

According to the survey, 65 per cent believe anti-Jewish hatred is a serious problem, with 24 per cent saying it’s “very serious.”

The poll also found that nearly one-third (32 per cent) of US voters believe criticism of Israeli government policies stems from antisemitic feeling, while 41 per cent say it comes from human rights
concerns.

The survey was conducted on 1,000 eligible US voters between July 10-11, with a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.

“These findings are consistent with our research showing that Americans are still very much concerned about antisemitism and the safety of the Jewish community,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League CEO, in a statement.

“The increase in overt antisemitic acts around the country and the proliferation of hate speech aimed at Jews online is clearly on the minds of many Americans,” said Greenblatt.

ADL data in April said antisemitic incidents in the United States saw a massive spike of 86 per cent in the first quarter of 2017.