Friday, January 25, 2008


Which American ethnic group is most negative toward Jews? You're thinking Germans, right? Wrong! Don't you ever read this blog? If you did, you would know it's... Mexicans!

The General Social Survey asked 1,008 people about the contributions of Jews to American society. Here are the percentages who answered that they have contributed little that is positive:


Percent who say that Jews have contributed little to American society

Mexican 16.2
American Indian 14.0
Blacks 9.1
Italian 8.0

USA 5.8

Scottish 4.4
German 4.0
Irish 3.3
English/Welsh 3.3
Jewish 0.0

This is the second time I have analyzed data showing that Mex-Ams have the most negative attitudes toward Jews, so importing massive numbers of Mexican immigrants is likely to make the sentiment more widespread.

For fun (admittedly nerdy fun), let's see the numbers who answered that Jews have contributed more to America than any other ethnic group:


Percent who say that Jews have contributed the most to American society

Jewish 26.5
English/Welsh 14.6
Blacks 14.1

USA 12.1

Scottish 10.8
Mexican 10.8
German 10.3
Italian 10.0
Irish 9.9
American Indian 6.0

You Jewish folks are patting yourselves on the back here just a little, but not without reason. What do you think respondents were thinking of? Jonas Salk? Einstein? (I'm sure some would think he counts.) Abraham Lincolnowitz? Myself, I was thinking the Marx Brothers (see above).

By the way, these numbers support the idea that people of English descent are philosemitic.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Native Americans don't seem to be too semito-philic. They probably see Jews as another group of non-Native interlopers.

Scott said...

"What do you think respondents were thinking of?"

I suspect people were thinking "On a population adjusted basis, ... "

An oversized percentage of American Nobel Prizes have gone to Jewish Americans.

SFG said...

It's probably a class thing; the further down you are, the more likely you are to go in for Stormfront-ism.

Also the English were relatively un-anti-Semitic, they had a conservative prime minister of Jewish descent.

Anonymous said...

Native Americans don't seem to be too semito-philic. They probably see Jews as another group of non-Native interlopers.

Compare that to their view of the general white population to get a good idea if that's the case.