October 18, 2019

Antisemitism rising in Germany, survey finds

Source: ARD

A survey done for ARD public broadcasting by the pollster Intratest dimap Friday showed 59% of voting-age Germans believe that antisemitism is spreading in their communities.

Compared to 40% in a sampling last year that's a jump of 19 percentage points.

The representative poll conducted by Infratest surveyed 1,062 voters between Monday and Wednesday, a week after a far-right attack on a synagogue in Germany's eastern city of Halle.

Another 35% responded that they saw no increase in antisemitism across Germany. Last year, 51% believed this was the case.

Rising antisemitism was seen by two-thirds or more of supporters of Germany's long-serving parliamentary parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the former-communist Left.

Among adherents of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) formed in 2013 views were split. A rise in antisemitism was seen by 47% but not by another 48%.