A comparison of the State of Antisemitism in America 2021: Survey of American Jews and The State of Antisemitism in America 2021: Survey of the General Public.

The State of Antisemitism in America 2021: Survey of American Jews, conducted by the research company SSRS on behalf of American Jewish Committee (AJC), is based on interviews conducted by telephone and online from September 1 – October 3, 2021, among a nationally representative sample of 1,433 Jews aged 18 or older. Telephone interviews were conducted via SSRS Omnibus callback sample[1], and online interviews were conducted via the SSRS Opinion Panel[2] as well as a partner probability panel. The margin of error for total Jewish adult respondents is +/-3.9 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

AJC’s 2021 Survey of the General Public on Antisemitism, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on interviews with U.S. adults were conducted from September 9 – September 22, 2021, among a nationally representative sample of 1,214 respondents age 18 and older via the SSRS Opinion Panel[2]. The margin of error for total U.S. adult respondents is +/-3.9 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. AJC is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor endorses candidates for elective office.

*Please note: certain sums may not total 100% due to rounding.[3]

1. 

How much of a problem, if at all, do you think antisemitism is in the United States today?

American Jews

   
A very serious problem
  40%
 
 
   
Somewhat of a problem
  50%
 
 
   
Not much of a problem
  8%
 
   
Not a problem at all
  2%
 
   

General Public

   
A very serious problem
 
  21%
 
   
Somewhat of a problem
  39%
 
 
   
Not much of a problem
 
  21%
 
   
Not a problem at all
 
  4%
 
   
Not sure
 
  15%
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

A problem 

90%

60%

Not a problem

10%

25%

Don’t know/ refused 

--

15%

 

2. 

Over the past five years, do you think that antisemitism in the United States has…

American Jews

   
Increased a lot
  37%
 
 
   
Increased somewhat
  45%
 
 
   
Stayed the same
  14%
 
   
Decreased a little
  2%
 
   
Decreased a lot
  1%
 
   

General Public

   
Increased a lot
 
  13%
 
   
Increased somewhat
  31%
 
 
   
Stayed the same
 
  22%
 
   
Decreased a little
 
  11%
 
   
Decreased a lot
 
  4%
 
   
Not sure
 
  19%
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

Increased 

82%

44%

Stayed the same 

14%

22%

Decreased

3%

15%

Not sure 

--

19%

 

3. 

How much, if anything, have you heard about Jews being attacked in the United States and around the world in May 2021 during the conflict between Israel and Hamas?

American Jews

   
A lot
  28%
 
 
   
Some
  43%
 
 
   
Not much
 
  21%
 
   
Nothing at all
 
  7%
 
   
Don't know/ refused
 
  1%
 
   

General Public

   
A lot
 
  11%
 
   
Some
  37%
 
 
   
Not much
  30%
 
 
   
Nothing at all
 
  23%
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

A lot/ some 

71%

48%

Not much/ nothing at all

28%

53%

Don't know/ refused 

1%

0%

 

4. 

In your opinion, is antisemitism taken more seriously, less seriously, or is it considered to be the same as other forms of hate and bigotry?

American Jews

   
More seriously
  16%
 
   
Less seriously
  46%
 
 
   
Considered to be the same
  37%
 
 
   
Don’t know/ refused
  1%
 
   

General Public

   
More seriously
  15%
 
   
Less seriously
  38%
 
 
   
Considered to be the same
  47%
 
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

More seriously 

16%

15%

Less seriously

46%

38%

Considered to be the same 

37%

47%

Don’t know/ refused 

1%

--

 

5a. 

How familiar are you with the BDS movement?

American Jews

   
Very familiar
 
  23%
 
   
Somewhat familiar
  36%
 
 
   
Not too familiar
 
  15%
 
   
Not at all familiar
 
  26%
 
   

General Public

   
Very familiar
 
  4%
 
   
Somewhat familiar
 
  17%
 
   
Not too familiar
 
  27%
 
   
Not at all familiar
  52%
 
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

Very/somewhat familiar 

59%

21%

Not too/not at all familiar

41%

79%

 

5b. 

Do you view the BDS movement as antisemitic?

American Jews

   
Antisemitic
  40%
 
 
   
Some antisemitic supporters
  42%
 
 
   
Not antisemitic
 
  15%
 
   
Don't know/ refused
 
  3%
 
   

General Public

   
Mostly antisemitic
  30%
 
 
   
Some antisemitic supporters
  33%
 
 
   
Not antisemitic
 
  13%
 
   
Don't know/ refused
 
  25%
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

Mostly antisemitic/ some antisemitic supporters 

82%

63%

Not antisemitic

15%

13%

Don’t know/ refused 

3%

25%

*Asked of American Jews and general public participants who expressed some familiarity with the BDS movement.

 

6a. 

Do you view the statement, “Israel has no right to exist,” as antisemitic or not?

American Jews

   
Yes, antisemitic
  81%
 
 
   
No, not antisemitic
 
  19%
 
   

General Public

   
Yes, antisemitic
  85%
 
 
   
No, not antisemitic
 
  15%
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

Antisemitic 

81%

85%

Not antisemitic

19%

15%

 

6b. 

Do you view the statement, “American Jews are loyal to Israel and disloyal to America,” as antisemitic or not?

American Jews

   
Yes, antisemitic
  85%
 
 
   
No, not antisemitic
 
  14%
 
   

General Public

   
Yes, antisemitic
  73%
 
 
   
No, not antisemitic
 
  27%
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

Antisemitic 

85%

73%

Not antisemitic

14%

27%

 

6c. 

Do you view the statement, “The Holocaust has been exaggerated,” as antisemitic or not?

American Jews

   
Yes, antisemitic
  94%
 
 
   
No, not antisemitic
 
  6%
 
   

General Public

   
Yes, antisemitic
  82%
 
 
   
No, not antisemitic
 
  18%
 
   
 

American Jews 

General Public 

Antisemitic 

94%

82%

Not antisemitic

6%

18%

 

 

 

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[1] This was prescreened sample from our Omnibus survey, which is a national, weekly dual-frame bilingual telephone survey designed to meet standards of quality associated with custom research studies. Similar to previous surveys, we included sample where someone in the household had been identified as Jewish in a previous Omnibus survey.

[2] SSRS Opinion Panel members are recruited randomly based on nationally representative ABS (Address Based Sample) design (including Hawaii and Alaska). Additionally, we recruit hard-to-reach demographic groups via our Omnibus survey platform. For more information: https://ssrs.com/opinion-panel/.

[3] Comprehensive and precise data available upon request.