Scapegoating Jews During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Cohen, Jeffery E.
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2023
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Historically, Jews have been scapegoated for a variety of social, economic, and political ills. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was considerable misinformation and disinformation, especially on social media, linking Jews to the pandemic. This paper uses Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Survey Project data to test whether objective trends in the pandemic severity and Google searches linking Jews with COVID-19 affected attitudes toward Jews. Time series analysis indicates death rates and Google searches resulted in less positive attitudes towards Jews, but despite being statistically significant, impacts were substantively small. The conclusion puts the findings into context.
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Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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The journal is open-access and freely allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all published material for personal or academic purposes.
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1522-5658
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