July 23, 2014
According to a global surveyWednesday, May 14, 2014
Around 24% of the country holds anti-semitic sentiments
Approximately 24 percent of people in Argentina agree with anti-semitic stereotypes, according to a global survey carried out by the US-based Anti-Defamation League.
Of the 28.3 million adults in Argentina, the ADL extrapolated that 24 percent agree with at least six negative Jewish stereotypes, amounting to approximately 6.8 million Argentines. The ADL reported that 505 Argentines were included in the sample.
The single-most anti-semitic region is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with a rate of 74 percent of respondents considered to have anti-semitic sentiments in comparison to the 19 percent in the Americas region.
To be classified as having anti-semitic attitudes, respondents were asked if they thought 11 negative Jewish stereotypes were probably true or probably false. Any respondents who thought that six or more stereotypes were true were considered to be anti-semitic.
The most accepted negative stereotype in Argentina was that “Jews have too much power in the business world” with 51 percent. In contrast, the least accepted stereotype was “Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars,” with only 14 percent of respondents agreeing. In both cases men tended to have greater anti-semitic views than women did and older respondents were also more prone to have anti-semitic views, a trend that mirrored global results.
Within Latin America, according to the ADL, Brazil was the least anti-semitic of the Latin American countries, although figures were not available for Ecuador. 16 percent of Brazilians, 37 percent of Chileans, 33 percent of Uruguayans, 35 percent of Paraguayans and 30 percent of Bolivians were found to have anti-semitic sentiments. The lowest figures for the Americas were in the United States and Canada, with nine and 14 percent of the population were found to agree with negative Jewish stereotypes. Globally, 26 percent of the world’s population agree with anti-semitic stereotypes, equivalent to approximately 1.09 billion people.
The least anti-semitic region was Oceania, with 14 percent followed by the Americas. The second-most anti-semitic region was Eastern Europe, with 34 percent of the population. The most anti-semitic country outside of the Middle East and North Africa was Greece, with a rate of 69 percent. The West Bank and Gaza ranked highest globally, with figures reaching 93 percent.
The telephone and in-person survey reached 53,100 respondents from July 2013 to February 2014 in more than 100 countries and territories and has a margin of error of +/- 0.97 percent.