According to a new poll by the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values (JILV) and OneMessage Public Strategies, four-fifths of self-identified “progressive” and “very liberal” likely voters in the U.S. believe Jewish Americans have “unfair advantages” that need to be addressed.
In the study that included 1,600 likely voters from across the nation, 17% of progressives and 20% of very liberal respondents agreed that American Jews have too much power, while 21% of progressives and 25% of very liberals said Jews “benefit from privilege.” Forty-five percent of progressive respondents view Israel as an “occupier/colonizer,” and 47% of progressives think Israel has too much power.
Additionally, 67% of progressives and 54% of very liberals report that they have “cancelled” a friend or family member due to their political views.
In response, David Bernstein, CEO of JILV said, “This poll confirms some of the worst fears of the Jewish community—that a dogmatic commitment to critical theory and a social justice lens can contribute significantly to anti-Semitism. While the majority of Americans support freedom of speech, oppose hyper-partisanship and support traditional liberal values, the far left continues to view politics as a zero-sum game—dividing the world into ‘oppressors’ and ‘oppressed,’ and willing to expel those they disagree with from their social circle—and the results aren’t good for Jews.”