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.