(ABP) — A growing minority of Americans believe that Jews were responsible for Christ's death, according to a Pew Research Center poll.
Roughly a quarter of the public (26 percent) now expresses that view. This represents a modest but statistically significant increase in the number holding this opinion when compared with a 1997 survey by ABC News, which found 19 percent feeling this way. But a solid majority of Americans both then and now (60 percent) continue to say that Jews were not responsible for the death of Christ.
Nonetheless, the shift in opinion among young people and African-Americans over that period has been striking. Currently, 34 percent of those below age 30 and 42 percent of blacks say they feel Jews were responsible for Christ's death, up substantially from 1997 (10 percent and 21 percent, respectively). By contrast, there has been far less movement among older Americans and among whites.