The authors, Neil Malhotra and Yotam Margalit, researchers at Stanford Business School, conducted a study about how
anti-Semitic sentiments might relate to the ongoing financial crisis.
by asking 2,768 American adults questions like
“How much to blame were the Jews for the financial crisis?”
Malhotra and Margalit found that, contrary to what one might expect based on party demographics, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to assign “at least moderate blame” for the current economic crisis to “the Jews.”
Of course, there’s a lot more to their research than this one sound byte, but the politics junkie in me wonders what to make of it. Is it, as one friend half-jokingly suggested, that the Republicans secretly know that it’s all their own fault? Is it proof that, even in the so-called Age of Obama, party affiliation isn’t a particularly good measure of acceptance? Are Democrats just liberal apologists? Or is it all moot once you adjust for education, which the researchers also mentioned had a strong correlation with levels of antisemitic attitudes? After all,
Whereas only 18.3 percent of respondents with at least a bachelor’s degree blamed the Jews a moderate amount or more, 27.3 percent of those lacking a 4-year degree did so.
Thoughts? Anyone? Bueller?