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January 17, 2003

Survey gauges anti-Semitism
The Institute for Jewish and Community Research, based in San Francisco, sampled 1,013 randomly selected adults from around the country and found anti-Semitism to be more common among younger adults than among baby boomers.

For instance, when asked if "Jews control the media," 24 percent of people aged 18 to 34 agreed, versus 16 percent aged 35 to 54, 28 percent aged 55 to 64 and 32 percent 65 and older, institute president Gary Tobin said in a telephone interview yesterday.

The same pattern held when people were asked whether Jews "hold too much power on Wall Street" and "care only for themselves," Tobin said.


When respondents were asked if they agreed that "the Jews were primarily responsible for the killing of Jesus Christ," 37 percent agreed, 47 percent disagreed, and 16 percent said they did not know.

The "Christ-killer" charge remains "a pervasive belief," Tobin said. Black respondents were the most likely to believe it, with 49 percent registering agreement, he said.