Kristol: Survey Shows Democrats More Anti-Semitic

Posted on June 20, 2009. Filed under: Israel, Politics |

Once again we see that Republicans are actually the TOLERANT party! Why is it that some Jews still haven’t woken up to the fact that the Dems are NOT their party???

Kristol: Democrats, Republicans, and Jews

There’s an article in the May/June Boston Review on an interesting study that seems (I wonder why?) to have gotten little attention. Neil Malhotra, of Stanford Business School, and Yotam Margalit, who teaches political science at Columbia, report on a survey of 2,768 American adults in which they “explored people’s responses to the economic collapse and tried to determine how anti-Semitic sentiments might relate to the ongoing financial crisis.”

They asked, “How much to blame were the Jews for the financial crisis?”, with respondents given five categories: a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, not at all. Among non-Jewish respondents, 24.6 percent of Americans blamed the Jews a moderate amount or more, and 38.4 percent attributed at least a little level of blame to the group. This alarms Malhotra and Margalit. Or perhaps 75 percent of Americans saying a little or no blame (with 60 percent saying no blame at all) isn’t really too bad.

But what the Stanford and Columbia academics find “somewhat surprising” is the partisan breakdown among the American public: “Democrats were especially prone to blaming Jews: while 32 percent of Democrats accorded at least moderate blame, only 18.4 percent of Republicans did so (a statistically significant difference).” Why is this surprising? Because of “the presumed higher degree of racial tolerance among liberals and the fact that Jews are a central part of the Democratic Party’s electoral coalition.”

Or maybe most American Jews foolishly continue to maintain allegiance to a party that includes lots of people who don’t like them much (and who certainly don’t like Israel much)? And maybe there isn’t in fact a higher degree of tolerance (for Jews, at least) among Democrats than Republicans?

In any case, just to restate: In a survey administered by (apparently) liberal academics, looking at attitudes not towards Israel or Likud but towads Jews per se–Democrats are almost twice as likely to be hostile to Jews than Republicans.

Posted by William Kristol on June 13, 2009 12:35 PM |



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Why are the Repuglicans running so many Muslim candidates this year? Repuglicans are all Catholics, Muslims and Baptists, bookburning, jew-hating fascist bigots all. The Jews, Greeks and Hindus are better served by the Democrats. Even amongst blacks, the Presbyterians are supereducated, but the Catholics fare worst!

Marty, thanks for pointing out your staggering ignorance without any help. Bravo!

Many American Jews suffer from a collective memory that carry with it latent “Historical “Post traumatic Stress Syndromw.” Centuries of persecution etc., etc. Also Jews were more accepted by the Democrat establishment than around Republicans.

Anyrate that was the first half of the twentieth century, but the stigma remains. In fact for many affiliated liberal Jews gay rights will trump support of Israel when deciding on which political candidates to choose from. Again we identify with the underdog from our collective memory of being the underdog. I switched to first person because I am also Jewish.

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