Report Outline

Majority of Canadians believe we need to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive but nearly one in six Canadians express views that could be anti-Semitic

July Survey Summary  

submitted by Nanos to Simon Wiesenthal Center, August 2018

Summary

A  comfortable  majority  of  Canadians  hold  in  their  personal  opinions  that  we  need  to  keep  the  memory of  the  Holocaust  alive.  Overall,  Canadians  most  often  think  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  have  the  right amount  of  influence  in  Canada,  but  nearly  one  in  six  Canadians  express  views  that  could  be  anti-Semitic.

Nearly  eight  in  ten  Canadians  believe  that  we  need  to  keep  the  memory  of  the  Holocaust  alive,  but over one  in  ten  believe  that  Jewish  people  talk  too  much  abut  the  Holocaust – When  asked  what statement  best  reflects  their  personal  opinion,  nearly  eight  in  ten  Canadians  believe  that  we  need  to keep  the  memory  of  the  Holocaust  alive  (78%),  while  just  over  one  in  ten  believe  that  Jewish  people  talk too  much  about  the  Holocaust  (12%).  Eleven  per  cent  are  unsure.  

Canadians  most  often  believe  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  hold  the  right  amount  of  influence  in  the business  world,  but  nearly  one  in  six  say  they  hold  too  much  influence – When  asked  what  level  of influence  Jewish  people  in  Canada  hold  in  the  business  world,  nearly  half  of  Canadians  say  the  right amount  of  influence  (47%),  fifteen  per  cent  say  too  much  influence  and  three  per  cent  say  too  little influence.  Thirty-five  per  cent  are  unsure.  

Canadians  most  often  believe  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  hold  the  right  amount  of  influence  in international  finance  markets,  but  more  than  one  in  ten  believe  they  hold  too  much  influence – When asked  what  level  of  influence  Jewish  people  in  Canada  hold  in  international  financial  markets,  over  four in  ten  Canadians  say  the  right  amount  of  influence  (44%),  more  than  one  in  ten  say  too  much  influence (15%)  and  three  per  cent  of  Canadians  say  too  little  influence  (3%).  Thirty-nine  per  cent  are  unsure.

Canadians  most  often  believe  that  Jewish  people  hold  the  right  amount  of  influence  in  the  Canadian government,  but  over  one  in  ten  believe  they  hold  too  much  influence – When  asked  what  level  of influence  Jewish  people  in  Canada  hold  in  the  Canadian  government,  over  four  in  ten  Canadians  say  the right  amount  of  influence  (43%),  one  in  ten  say  too  much  influence  (13%)  and  six  per  cent  say  too  little influence.  Thirty-eight  per  cent  of  respondents  are  unsure.  

Canadians  most  often  believe  that  Jewish  people  hold  the  right  amount  of  influence  in  the  global media,  but  nearly  one  in  six  believe  they  hold  too  much  influence – When  asked  what  level  of influence Jewish  people  in  Canada  hold  in  the  global  media,  two  in  five  Canadians  say  that  they  hold  the  right amount  of  influence  (42%),  15  per  cent  say  too  much  influence  and  five  per  cent  say  too  little  influence. Thirty-eight  per  cent  of  respondents  are  unsure.  

Canadians  most  often  believe  that  Jewish  people  have  the  right  amount  of  influence  in  global  affairs, but  nearly  two  in  ten  believe  they  hold  too  much  influence – When  asked  what  level  of  influence Jewish  people  in  Canada  hold  in  global  affairs,  two  in  five  Canadians  say  that  they  hold  the  right amount of influence  (41%),  nearly  two  in  ten  say  too  much  influence  (18%)  and  six  per  cent  say  too  little influence. Thirty-six  per  cent  of  respondents  are  unsure.  

These  observations  are  based  on  a  hybrid  telephone  and online  random  survey  of  1,000  Canadians,  18 years  of  age  or  older,  conducted  between  July  30thand August  5th,  2018  as  part  of  an  omnibus  survey. The  margin  of  error  for  a  random  survey  of  1,000 Canadians  is  ±3.1  per  centage  points,  19  times  out  of 20.

This  study  was  commissioned  by  the  Simon Wiesenthal  Center  and  the  research  was  conducted  by Nanos Research.

Finding 1. Nearly eight in ten Canadians believe that we need to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, but over one in ten believe that Jewish people talk too much abut the Holocaust

QUESTION – Some  people  say  that  Jews  talk  too  much  about  the  Holocaust, others  say  we need  to  keep the  memory  of  the  Holocaust  alive.  Which  of  these  two views,  if  either,  best  reflects  your personal opinion?

Finding 2. Overall, Canadians most often think that Jewish people in Canada have the right amount of influence in Canada, but nearly one in six Canadians express views that could be anti-Semitic.

Finding 3. Canadians most often believe that Jewish people in Canada hold the right amount of influence in the business world, but nearly one in six say they hold too much influence.

QUESTION Would  you  say  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  have  too  little,  the  right amount  or  too  much influence  in  the  following  areas: The  business  world

Finding 4. Canadians most often believe that Jewish people in Canada hold the right amount of influence in international finance markets, but more than one in ten believe they hold too much influence.

QUESTION Would  you  say  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  have  too  little,  the  right amount  or  too  much influence  in  the  following  areas: International  financial  markets

Finding 5. Canadians most often believe that Jewish people hold the right amount of influence in the Canadian government, but over one in ten believe they hold too much influence.

QUESTION Would  you  say  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  have  too  little,  the  right amount  or  too  much influence  in  the  following  areas: The  Canadian  government

Finding 6. Canadians most often believe that Jewish people hold the right amount of influence in the global media, but nearly one in six believe they hold too much influence.

QUESTION Would  you  say  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  have  too  little,  the  right amount  or  too  much influence  in  the  following  areas: Global  media

Finding 7. Canadians most often believe that Jewish people have the right amount of influence in global affairs, but nearly two in ten believe they hold too much influence.

QUESTION Would  you  say  that  Jewish  people  in  Canada  have  too  little,  the  right amount  or  too  much influence  in  the  following  areas: Global  affairs

Methodology

Nanos  conducted  an  RDD  dual  frame  (land-and  cell-lines)  hybrid  telephone  and  online  random  survey  of 1,000  Canadians,  18  years  of  age  or  older,between  July  30thto  August  5th,  2018  as  part  of  an  omnibus survey.  Participants  were  randomly  recruited  by  telephone  using  live  agents  and  administered  a  survey online.  The  results  were  statistically  checked  and  weighted  by  age  and  gender  using  the  latest  Census information  and  the  sample  is  geographically  stratified  to  be  representative  of  Canada.  

Individuals  were  randomly  called  using  random  digit  dialling  with  a  maximum  of  five  call  backs.  

The  margin  of  error  for  a  random  survey  of  1,000  Canadians  is  ±3.1  per  centage  points,  19  times  out  of 20.    

The  research  was  commissioned  by  the  Simon  Wiesenthal  Center  and  was  conducted  by  Nanos  Research.

Note:  Charts  may  not  add  up  to  100  due  to  rounding.

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