Nearly 8 percent of West Germans are vehemently anti-Semitic and a third believe Jews have too much influence in the world, according to a survey sponsored by a Jewish group.
The survey, commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League of New York's B'nai B'rith, said 15 percent of West Germans polled have some prejudice against Jews. It said elderly men, rural people and those with lower-level jobs made up much of the group.West Germany's respected Allensbach research and polling institute conducted the study last fall in conjunction with the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at West Berlin's Technical University.
Researchers planned to present the study formally at a news conference Thursday in Berlin. They made the written results available to The Associated Press a day in advance.
The pollsters interviewed 2,102 people over age 16 in West Germany and West Berlin between Sept. 24 and Oct. 5, 1987, with a standardized questionnaire.
About 33 percent of those polled believe that Jewish influence in the world is too high, but West Germans are not fearful of Jewish influence in their own country, the researchers said.
Only about 36,500 Jews remain in West Germany and West Berlin after the Nazi Holocaust wiped out much of the European Jewish population.
"Anti-Semitism after 1945 in the Federal Republic (est Germany) is largely an anti-Semitism without Jews," the survey report said. "That means that anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic always must be discussed in the context of the Nazi era, the debate over the past and the question of guilt and reparations."
The study said: "Overall, just under 8 percent of the population must be classified as vehemently anti-Semitic."
It added that 15 percent of the population demonstrated some level of "anti-Jewish prejudice."
"This group is drawn in an above-average way from older men above age 60, people in the lower education and job strata, and the rural population," said the study.