A survey of five European countries revealed that a plurality of Europeans believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their country and that they have too much power in business and finance.
The opinion survey of 2,714 adults – slightly more than 500 in each of the five countries – found an increase in negative attitudes toward Jews, or in some instances no change, from its 2005 findings.
As to attitudes regarding Israel and the Middle East, the poll showed mixed findings. For example, sympathy for the Palestinians over Israel continues but strong attitudes against Iran and Hamas were evidenced.
Asked about Iran’s nuclear development, a majority believe Iran is developing a nuclear weapon and strongly support sanctions against Iran.
A majority identified Hamas as a terrorist organization and supported the European decision not to provide foreign aid to the Palestinian government until Hamas renounces terrorism, and agrees to recognize Israel and agreements signed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
'Attitudes Toward Jews and the Middle East in Five European Countries' is a survey of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Poland, conducted between March 21 and April 16, 2007 among the general public.