High percentage of Romanian teens reject Jews, others as neighbors


WASHINGTON (JTA) — One-third of Romanian teenagers would be opposed to living next to Jewish neighbors, according to a poll.

Even higher levels of prejudice were directed at Roma, Muslims and gays, according to the survey of 5,680 students between the ages of 14 and 18, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Three-quarters of respondents said they did not want gays living next door, and two-thirds rejected being neighbors with Roma and AIDS sufferers. Forty-two percent of respondents rejected Muslim neighbors and 34 percent rejected Jewish neighbors.

The poll, which was carried out last November, was commissoned by the Soros Foundation and has a margin of error of 2 percent.

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