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Percentage of Americans who say Jews face discrimination up 20 points since late 2016: Pew

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The portion of the population who say Jewish Americans face discrimination has increased 20 percentage points since President Trump was elected, according to new polling data.

The Pew Research Center found that the percentage of U.S. adults surveyed who said Jews face discrimination jumped from 44 percent in December 2016 to 64 percent in March of this year. The share of respondents who said Jews face “a lot” of discrimination almost doubled, increasing from 13 percent to 24 percent.

{mosads}Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say there is discrimination against Jews.

The years since the 2016 survey saw the October 2018 mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the deadliest anti-Semitic shooting in American history, as well as the deadly Charlottesville, Va., rally in August 2017 that included anti-Semitic chants.

Eighty-two percent of respondents said there is at least some discrimination against Muslims. That number was unchanged compared with December 2016.

More respondents also said women face “some” discrimination — 69 percent compared to 60 percent in 2016 — and 29 percent now say women are subject to “a lot” of discrimination, compared to 20 percent in the survey taken a month after Trump was elected.

Seventy-six percent of poll respondents said Hispanics are discriminated against to some extent, up from 70 percent in 2016, with 39 percent saying Hispanics face a lot of discrimination, a 7 point increase.

The amount of respondents who said there was discrimination against gays and lesbians was little changed, at 75 percent, down 1 point from 2016.

Fifty-seven percent of Democrats said blacks faced a lot of discrimination in 2016, compared to 20 percent of Republicans who said the same. By 2019, those numbers had shifted to 69 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

Republicans were about twice as likely as Democrats to say there is some discrimination against evangelical Christians — 70 percent vs. 32 percent. GOP respondents also saw more discrimination against whites — with 58 percent saying there was some such discrimination, compared to 25 percent in 2016 — and more discrimination against men, with 48 percent in 2019, versus 27 percent in 2016, saying there was.

The survey polled 1,503 adults from March 20-25.

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