The percentage of U.S. adults who believe Jews and Muslims face a lot of discrimination has increased, according to a Pew Research Report released on April 2. 

In three years, the number has jumped from 20% in 2021 to 40% today for Jews. Also, forty-four percent of Americans say there is a lot of discrimination against Muslims in society, up five percentage points (39% to 44%). 

More than half of respondents (57%) say discrimination against Jews has increased since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. On the other hand, 19% say it has remained unchanged, with 3% saying it has decreased. 

Likewise, 38% of those surveyed say discrimination against Muslims has increased since the war began. Thirty percent of U.S. adults see no change, while 5% say discrimination has decreased.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of American Jews and 60% of American Muslims say they have felt offended by a news report or a social media post about the Israel-Hamas war.

“Relatively few Americans (8%) say they have stopped talking to someone in person, or unfollowed or blocked someone online, because of some comment that person made about the Israel-Hamas war,” the Pew Research Center reports. “But American Muslims (27%) and Jews (26%) are more likely than the other religious and demographic groups analyzed to say they have stopped talking to someone because of something that person said about the war. This is a relatively uncommon experience across most demographic groups, though 16% of American adults under 30 have stopped talking to someone because of comments about the war.”

Read the full report here.

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