Friday, October 16, 2009

Feelings toward Jews: GSS respondents (Americans) were asked how warmly and favorably do they feel toward Jews on a scale from 0 to 100, 100 being the warmest. Here are the means by ethnic group (with Jews removed):

Mean warmth toward Jews (N =3,499)

Czech 66.6
Italian 64.5
Irish 63.7
Polish 63.6
English/Welsh 63.4
Scottish 62.9
Dutch 62.5
German 62.3
Danish 61.9

All Americans 61.6

Norwegian 60.5
Swedish 59.5
Black 59.5
French 58.2
Puerto Rican 57.4
Japanese 56.8
Spain 56.4
Mexican 54.3*
Amerindian 53.8
Greek 53.1
Russian 52.3
Asian Indian 52.2*
Swiss 51.9
Chinese 42.6*
Arab 34.2

* p < .05, two-tail test, compared with all Americans

While many Jews seem to feel an affection for racial minorities, the favor is not generally returned. Immigrants from Mexico, India, China, and Arabic countries are moving the country in a more anti-Jewish direction.


  1. I wonder how opportunistic infections feel about HIV.

  2. Not too surprised at Italians being high. Italians live near, and in many cases are friends with and are married to Jews. A little surprised at Irish being so high. Blacks are also less anti-Semitic than I'd expect based on statements of their race-hustling leaders.

    You're right - immigration from Indians, Chinese, Mexicans and Arabs does Jews no favors. Chinese and Indians especially are the competitors now against Jews for high-IQ jobs and women. I wonder if any Jews will realize this though.

  3. Any chance you could see how Mormons feel about Jews? My experience growing up in Mormon, raised in that church, was that Mormons were very friendly to Jews.

  4. Anonymous9:22 AM

    I suspect that the Jewish affection for minorities is strategic.

  5. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Does the GSS track intermarriage between Jews and other ethnic groups? It seems to be that Scottish-Jewish, Irish-Jewish, and Italian-Jewish combinations are frequent. But I don't have the data. Of course, the results should be normalized by the population size of the ethnic group.

  6. Nubile Alien Jewess1:15 PM

    Jim Bowery,

    I am utterly disappointed that you didn’t find a way to interject your usual reference to pregnant
    Jewesses and hobnail boots.

  7. Anonymous10:01 AM

    Asian Indians include lots of Muslims BTW. Hindus have no reason to dislike Jews.

  8. Wow, surprised Russians are so low. I thought a majority (or something close to it) or Russian Americans were Jewish!

  9. Nubile Alien Jewess, just wait for the next round of movies out of Hollywood.

  10. Ron, it would be really interesting to get a rank order of GSS variables by how well they predict the others.

    Has anyone bothered?

    If my experience with doing that at the level of State ecologies is any indication, Jews should come out on top of the other ethnic groups ranked by sum of coefficients of determination.

  11. Anonymous1:07 PM


    Wow, surprised Russians are so low. I thought a majority (or something close to it) or Russian Americans were Jewish!

    I think that's changed substantially since 1990. Ethnic Russians are not known for their affection for Jews. They don't view them as real Russians.


  12. TGGP: I omitted Jews from the analysis. Half of respondents whose ancestors are from Russia are Jewish.

  13. That's interesting because under various weightings of state ecology variables, the highest aggregate coefficient of determination was traded off between Jews, HIV positive prevalence, Russians and AIDS prevalence.

    I didn't disaggregate Russians into ethnic Russians and Jewish Russians. My expectation is that there is a particularly virulent strain of Jew that is masked both by the wider Jewish community and by the Russian immigrant community, and the predictive strength of Russian immigrants, despite a large number of ethnic Russians, is due to a particularly high concentration of that virulent strain among Russian Jewish immigrants. This would make sense from the standpoint of Jewish virulence being the evolutionary product of repeated horizontal transmission events throughout history -- the Russian Jewish transmission to the US being merely the most recent. My metaphorical reference to Jews as analogous to HIV (breaking down resistance to immigration invasions, etc.) may be more than metaphorical if this strain of Jew has coevolved with certain modes of sexually transmitted disease. Is this related to a de facto polygyny that has gone into crypsis due to European prohabitions against polygyny?

    The folks that should really be clearing this confusion up are the non-virulent (or at least less-virulent) Jews who are a) In a very good position gather data and b) Are historically the patsies as the virulent strain "skips town" during horizontal transmission.

  14. Jim: I thought about your GSS predictor question. My guess would be educational level. Jewish is certainly predictive, but a dichotomous variable split 98%/2% is inherently limited.

  15. Nubile Alien Jewess7:10 PM

    Something tells me you and your ilk are awaiting that round more eagerly than I am; but in the meantime feel free to displace your frustration into incoherent quantspeak.

  16. Ron, I guess I was coming at this from the ecological correlation angle rather than the individual case angle. Ecological correlations have their weaknesses but sometimes what you are interested in are ecological effects.

  17. Nubile one, you Jews have some housecleaning to do:

    "The Census Bureau has just reported that about half of the American population will soon be non-white or non-European. And they will all be American citizens. We have tipped beyond the point where a Nazi-Aryan party will be able to prevail in this country. We have been nourishing the American climate of opposition to bigotry for about half a century. That climate has not yet been perfected, but the heterogeneous nature of our population tends to make it irreversible—and makes our constitutional constraints against bigotry more practical than ever..." (Raab, E. (1993). Jewish Bulletin, February 19, p. 23)

    Stop trying to tell others how they should view Jews and get tend to your own house.

    In the immortal words of Babe Levy:

    It's not safe.

  18. I'll take all the Chinese in China ahead of many of your commenters, Ron. I get the feeling their "feelings of warmth" towards the Jews are less than 35%.

    Gotta love Mr. Jim Bowery who compares us to HIV (and non-white immigrants to opportunistic infections.) He's the kind of hateful bigot Jews need to fear, not Chinese immigrants who feel a little less "warm" towards us.

  19. Anonymous8:31 PM

    Gotta love Mr. Jim Bowery who compares us to HIV (and non-white immigrants to opportunistic infections.)

    If you don't want to be compared to HIV, then stop being so virulent.

  20. One of the things that makes me confident that Mossad isn't all that intelligent is the fact that they spent resources trying to deal with me just prior to 9/11/2001 when guys like "Jewish Atheist" and Earl Raab identifying as Jews while they destroy nations that protected Jews from Nazis.

    The idiocy... the idiocy...

  21. Anonymous10:00 PM

    Jim Bowery,

    They can't help it. Organisms are adaption executors, not prudent fitness maximizers.


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