Continuing on with the question of whether blacks understand questions about political orientation or if their offered responses approach randomness, the mean number of biological children for those aged at least 30 at the time of participation in the GSS. For contemporary relevance all responses are from 2000 onward:
There is roughly a half-a-child gap between liberals and conservatives across each group. It is narrowest among blacks, just as views on ‘hot button’ cultural issues are.
The unsurprising conclusion to draw from this is that blacks are more likely than non-blacks to get confused about the general definitions of political adjectives and nouns like “liberal” and “conservative”, but that many of them do understand the distinctions, something that manifests in black outcomes by political orientation clearly not being randomly distributed.
Parenthetically, I realize many reading this think those descriptors are of little and perpetually declining utility, myself included. But we still understand what they’re supposed to mean.
GSS variables used: CHILDS, AGE(30-89), RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), YEAR(2000-2016)