Study: In Europe, Greeks have most negative view of Jews

Among Europeans, Greeks have some of the most negative attitudes towards Jews, a new Pew Research Center study revealed on Monday.

By: The Algemeiner

According to the study — which analyzed the ideological divides across the EU on views about minorities, diversity and national identity, fifty-five percent of Greeks have an unfavorable view of Jews.

Hungary ranked second, with 32% of its citizens expressing negative opinions about Jews. One in five or more in Poland, Italy and Spain also have unfavorable attitudes towards Jews.

The authors of the report noted that, compared to Roma and Muslims in Europe, “Negative attitudes towards Jews are much less common” and have remained “relatively stable since 2015. Additionally, “a median of only 16 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Jews in their country.”

As in past years, Europeans gave Roma “the most negative ratings among the three groups asked about.” At least four in 10 Europeans have “very or somewhat unfavorable view of Roma.” The countries with the most negative attitudes towards Roma are Italy, Greece, Hungary and France.

Regarding Muslims, “[O]pinions…vary considerably across Europe,” the study found.  Half or more Hungarians, Italians, Greeks and Spaniards “have a very or somewhat unfavorable view of Muslims.” In other countries surveyed, a majority of the population expressed positive attitudes about Muslims.