Poll: Many Americans blame Jews for recession

Sunday, May 10, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A survey carried out by the Boston Review for its May/June issue reveals that a very sizable portion of Americans blame "the Jews" as a people group for the current economic crisis.

A total of 38.4 percent of non-Jewish respondents said that Jews are at least partially to blame for the recession and financial collapse on Wall Street.

Twenty-five percent of all respondents blamed Jews a moderate amount or more for the situation.

Interestingly, Democrats were nearly twice as likely to blame Jews for the financial crisis than Republicans. A disproportionate amount of American Jews are Democrats.

Concerned observers noted that while America may be worlds apart from Nazi Germany, similar feelings towards Jews regarding Germany's economic situation prior to World War II are what ultimately fueled the Holocaust.

In related news, Business Data Israel's monthly risk index reported that as of May, some 50,000 Israeli businesses are at risk of going under in the coming months as a result of the global economic downturn.

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