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Most U.S. Catholics, Protestants Oppose Intermarriage with Jews

July 24, 1953
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An overwhelming majority of Catholics and Protestants polled in an independent survey, initiated by the magazine Catholic Digest in an attempt to find areas of conflict and guides to greater tolerance, is opposed to intermarriage with Jews, according to the results of the survey released to date. The figures released by the magazine show that 75 percent of the Protestants polled and 72 percent of the Catholics reached opposed intermarriage with Jews.

Nineteen percent of the Catholics queried and 33 percent of the Protestants were opposed to Jews as next door neighbors. A total of 21 percent of the Catholics and 25 percent of the Protestants admitted ill will against Jews, while 61 percent of the Protestants said they would not vote for a Jew for President.

In addition, 35 percent of the Protestants responding to the questionnaire and 33 percent of the Catholics believe that Jews are too ambitious for power. Another 48 percent of the Catholics and 46 percent of the Protestants think Jews are too clannish.

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