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ADL-2013 2013 Survey of American Attitudes Toward Jews in America

Sponsor(s): Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Principal Investigator(s): Inc. Marttilla Strategies

Study Dates: October 12-22, 2013

Key Findings:

The 2013 Survey of American Attitudes Toward Jews in America, a national telephone survey of 1,200 adults, was conducted October 12-22 by Marttila Strategies of Washington, D.C. and Boston for the Anti-Defamation League. Two major press releases have been released -  one dealing with Anti-Semitism in America and the other focusing on American views towards Israel, Iran and the Middle East peace process.

Anti-Semitism. The press release for the Study noted that an estimated 12 percent of Americans harbor deeply entrenched anti-Semitic attitudes, which marked a decline from the 15% reported in the Anti-Defamation League’s previous poll on anti-Semitic attitudes in 2011.

Specific questions and answers from the ADL Press Release summary include: (a) fourteen percent (14%) agreed with the statement that “Jews have too much power in the U.S. today,” 30% of Americans continue to say that American Jews are “more loyal to Israel” than to their own country, 19% of Americans believe Jews have too much power in the business world, 17% say that Jews have too much control on Wall Street, and a  "surprisingly large number" of Americans  -  26% - continue to believe that “Jews were responsible for the death of Christ.” 

Compared to the overall 12% of American adults who are strongly anti-Semitic based on the ADL index of survey responses, Hispanics and African-Americans have higher rates of anti-Semitism, although Hispanic Americans born outside of the U.S. are significantly more likely than Hispanics born in the U.S. to hold anti-Semitic views (36%) compared to 14 percent of U.S.-born Hispanics.  Among African-Americans, anti-Semitic views have remained consistently higher than the general population including the 20 percent of 2013 African-American survey respondents who expressed strongly anti-Semitic views (a decrease from 29% in 2011).


Israel, Iran and the Middle East  The October 2013 survey also asked questions about Israel and peace in the Middle East.  Three times as many Americans expressed sympathy for Israel (48%) than they did for the Palestinians (16%).

Seventy-six percent (76%) of those polled said that Israel can be counted on as a strong U.S. ally, the highest figure in recent years, while 64 percent said they believe that Israel is serious in reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians. 

A similar poll conducted in 2009 found that 67 percent of Americans believed then that Israel was a strong ally.


Survey sample = 1,200 American adults plus additional over-samples of both African-Americans and Hispanics. 

Survey margin of error is +/- 2.8 percent for questions answered by all 1,200 respondents.

Sample Size: 1,200 American adults plus 281 an additional Hispanic Americans and 199 African-Americans

Sample Notes:

The survey was conducted with a base sample of 1,200, plus an over sample of 281 African-Americans and 199 Hispanics, bringing the over sample for both communities to 400 each. 

For many questions, the survey used the technique of “split sampling,” a process in which the 1,200-person sample was split into two demographically representative national samples of 600 respondents each or three demographically representative national samples of 400 respondents.

Study Notes:

The ADL poll measured anti-Semitic propensities using an 11-question index developed by ADL nearly 50 years ago. 

The first poll, issued in 1964, found that 29 percent of Americans reported anti-Jewish attitudes

Coverage: United States

Language: English