Prominent black leaders and activists had mixed reactions this week to a new survey by the Anti-Defamation League in which African Americans were four times more likely than whites to harbor attitudes the ADL termed “most anti-Semitic.”
Leading demographers are raising serious doubts about the credibility of the long-awaited $6 million National Jewish Population Study 2000, now that its sponsor has shelved the findings pending an investigation into the loss of some research data.
Demography experts say the changes made in the National Jewish Population Survey 2000 methodology may make it impossible to compare 1990s reality to today’s.
Several potentially important alterations were made to the interview questions, they said, and there are “methodological consequences related to the way people are interviewed,” said Egon Mayer, chairman of the sociology department at Brooklyn College and a member of the NJPS 2000 technical advisory committee.
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