US Jewish attitudes
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-12-29
A survey of American Jewish attitudes and feelings by has revealed that they feel anti-Semitism in the Muslim world is a serious problem and that countries such as Germany as still anti-Semitic.
Based on the respondents answers to the survey by the American Jewish Congress, 76% said it was a anti-Semitism in Muslim countries was a very serious problem, 64% believed anti-Semitism in Germany is currently a very serious problem while 57% believed it was somewhat of a problem in Britain.
The survey also looked at attitudes towards Jewish life and Jewish identity. 12% felt being Jewish was not very important in their life while 55% thought it to be very important.
When asked to define their Jewishness, only 10% said orthodox, 26% said they were "just Jewish" and 29% were reform.
On the biggest threat to Jewish life in the United States, anti-Semitism at 62% took the lead over intermarriage at 33%.
When it comes to Israel and the middle east, 79% of those questioned agreed with the statement "Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew" and 56% favour a Palestinian State.
And on the issue of the War on Terrorism and Iraq, 60% disapprove of the United States handling of the campaign against terrorism, 70% disagree on the action in Iraq but 49% would welcome military action against Iran from developing nuclear weapons.