Anti-Semitic sentiment fell in three European countries, ADL polls find

(JTA) – The prevalence of anti-Semitic sentiment has dropped in three European countries over surveys from 2014 and 2015, according to polls conducted this year by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The ADL interviewed 500 people each in Germany, the United Kingdom and France by telephone, the organization said in a summary of the study it unveiled Thursday.

In the United Kingdom, 10 per cent of respondents “harbour anti-Semitic attitudes,” the poll found, compared to 12 per cent in 2015 and eight per cent in 2014.

In France, the figure was 14 per cent compared to 17 per cent in 2015 and 37 per cent a year earlier.

In Germany, the figure dropped to 11 per cent from 16 per cent in 2015 and 27 per cent in 2014.

Respondents were instructed to agree or disagree on statements that included “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country” (32 per cent in Britain, 33 per cent in France and 45 per cent in Germany agreed, and “Jews think they are better than other people” (13 per cent to 14 per cent agreement in all three countries).

Only four per cent of respondents in all three countries agreed with the statement that “Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars.” The statement “people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave” was endorsed by 26 per cent of respondents in Germany, as well as 14 and 17 per cent of those polled in Britain and France, respectively.

Among them, the three countries have a population of more than 200 million people.

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