Buenos Aires University Conducts Study on Anti-semitism in City

A Buenos Aires University survey of anti-Semitic attitudes among 2,078 adult males in the city showed today that there were less anti-Semites among the middle and upper classes than among the lower ones.

The survey was made by the university’s Institute of Sociology and was sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. Professor Gino Germani, director of the Institute, reported also that the upper and middle classes, though less anti-Semitic, were more inclined to turn their ideological anti-Semitism into action against Jews. The study found that 27 per cent of the lower classes were anti-Semitic, compared with 11 per cent of the entire sample.

The study also found that 30 per cent of the adult population would give anti-Semitic replies to specific questions about Jews. Questions designed to determine hostility toward foreigners or different ethnic groups evoked greatest rejection of Jews even though xenophobia against foreigners is not widespread–less than three per cent of the sample showing that general attitude.

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