Among the first group, 31 percent of voters – including 36 percent of Republicans – said the comment was antisemitic, while 41 percent said it was not prejudiced against Jewish people. But the share of voters in the latter group who said the comment was hostile to Jewish people was 4 percentage points higher, at 35 percent, driven by an 11-point increase among Republican voters.
Voters’ posture toward Omar, a Black Muslim immigrant of Somali descent who’s faced similar controversy over comments about Israel in the past, stood in contrast to a similar test of a recent remark by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a white woman who faces a possible Democratic-led censure over a May 25 statement that said, “Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star.”
Nearly 3 in 5 voters, including 55 percent of Republicans, said Greene’s tweet was antisemitic when her name was not attached. But when the sample saw her name and party affiliation, the share who agreed the tweet was bigoted dropped, falling 4 points among the overall electorate and by 14 points among Republicans. The overall poll had a 2-point margin of error, while the split samples of all voters each had 3-point margins of error.