CNN Poll Shows Disturbing Trends In Antisemitism In Europe

Poll shows the memory of the Holocaust is starting to fade in Europe

While still in living memory of the Holocaust in their own continent, a CNN poll shows that there is still a disturbing trend in Europe about feelings toward Jews.

CNN conducted a poll among 7,092 citizens across 7 European countries in September asking their views on the Jewish people.

Here are some key figures from that poll:

Regarding general views of antisemitism:

  • 1 in 5 Europeans believe antisemitism is “justified”.
  • 1 in 10 Europeans hold a “negative view” of Jews
    • In Poland: 15% view Jews unfavorably
    • In Hungary: 19% view Jews unfavorably
  • 18% of Europeans believe the daily behavior of Jews is to blame for antisemitism.
  • 16% of Europeans think Jews make up 20% of the world’s population (the actual figure is %0.2)

Regarding Holocaust awareness:

  • 5% of Europeans have never heard of the Holocaust or know just a little about it
  • In Poland 32% of respondents between 18-34 years have never heard of the Holocaust.
  • In France: 1 in 5 people between 18-34 never heard of the Holocaust
  • In Austria: 12% of people between 18-34 never heard of the Holocaust and 40% of adult know “just a little” about the Holocaust.
  • 32% of Europeans believe Jews “use” the Holocaust in order to further their own agenda
    • Including 50% of Polish respondents
  • One-third believe commemorating the Holocaust detracts from other atrocities

Regarding antisemitic stereotypes:

  • 1 in 5 Europeans believe Jews have too much influence in politics.
  • 1 in 4 people in Austria, France and Germany believe Jews have too much influence in war and conflict.
  • 1 in 5 people in Austria, France and Germany believe Jews have too much influence in the media.
  • 28% of Europeans feel that Jews have “too much power in business and finance” across the world.

Regarding European awareness of antisemitism:

  • 44% of Europeans believe antisemitism is a growing problem in their countries
    • Includes 55% of Germany and 48% of France
  • 40% of Europeans believe Jews are in danger of violence due to antisemitism
  • 50% of Europeans believe their country’s government must do more to fight antisemitism
  • Two-thirds of Europeans believe it is important to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive in order to prevent it from happening again, this includes 80% of Polish respondents.

Regarding antisemitism and Israel:

  • 54% believe Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state, including two-thirds of Polish respondents
  • One-third believe antisemitism motivates criticism of Israel while 28% believe it’s the other way around.
  • 35% believe Israel “uses” the Holocaust to justify its actions, including 50% of Polish respondents.
  • 35% believe Israel “uses” accusations of antisemitism to shut down criticism, 10% say this is not true.
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