Thursday, May 1, 2014

Germany: Study finds antisemitism stronger in states that supported Nazis

Study available here.
Using survey data and historical polling results, the authors of the paper—Louisiana State University’s Naci Mocan and Sam Houston State University’s Christian Raschke—find that people in those areas expressed more anti-semitic feelings than Germans in other regions. (The states in question are: Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Bayern, Sachsen and Thüringen.) 
“Those who live in states which provided above-median support for the Nazi Party in the 1928 elections are about seven percentage points more likely to reveal that Jewish people living in Germany should not have the same rights as Germans,” they wrote. People that live in those states are also about three percentage points more likely to indicate that “it would be unpleasant to have a Jewish neighbor.” 
“This finding suggests that whatever anti-Semitic culture that existed in 1928 in those states, it still has an impact on anti-Semitic feelings today,” the authors wrote.
More: Quartz

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