To the amazement of some, a poll seeking to determine the attitude of residents of Western Europe towards minorities showed that 25% of Italian respondents stated that they would not accept a Jew in their family.
The Pew Research Center poll, titled “Being Christian in Western Europe”, shows that while most of respondents still consider themselves Christian, the number of practicing Christians continues to decline.
The poll, which was released on Wednesday, is the result of interviews with over 24,000 adults from fifteen countries, who were selected at random.
In the UK, 1,841 respondents were questioned, and 23% were clear when they said they would not tolerate having a Jew enter their family.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, in the Netherlands, 96% of the 1,497 respondents said they have no problem with a Jew entering the family. In Germany, 19% of the 2,211 respondents said they are unwilling to accept a Jew, as opposed to Austria where the number was 21%.
The report is available online.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)