Most Jewish college students have witnessed, experienced antisemitic incidents

New survey of college students shows the majority, both Jewish and not, view antisemitism as a threat to America

The author(s)
  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
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Washington DC, September 8, 2023— Fifty-seven percent of Jewish college students report having witnessed or experienced an antisemitic incident, either on their campus or in the general public, according to a new Ipsos survey conducted on behalf of Jewish on Campus and supported by the World Jewish Congress. Looking at these students’ college experience specifically, nearly one-third have witnessed or experienced an antisemitic incident on their own college campus. Overall, the majority of all college students and Jewish college students alike consider antisemitism to be a threat to America, though the perceived threat level is higher among Jewish students surveyed.

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 19-May 24, 2023, on behalf of Jewish on Campus. For this survey, a sample of 2,020 adults ages 18-28 who are currently attending a two-year or four-year college or university as undergraduates, and 1,022 ages 18-28 who are currently attending a two-year or four-year college or university as undergraduates and identify as Jewish. For this survey, a respondent qualified as Jewish if they met at least one of the following criteria: identify as Jewish through religion, identify as Jewish through their culture or how they were raised, or have at least one Jewish parent.

The sample was drawn from the Generation Labs panel sources targeting those in higher education. For the general population sample of students, Ipsos calibrated respondent characteristics to reflect the population of 18-28 year old undergraduate students using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from 2020 or 2021. Post hoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, race/ethnicity, full time or part time student status, enrolled in a four-year versus a two-year institution. For the Jewish student sample, data was not calibrated.

All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of this poll of general population undergraduate students is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points for all general population respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=2,020, DEFF=1.97, adjusted Confidence Interval=+/-5.07 percentage points).

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The author(s)
  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs