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The seventh wave of the World Value Survey, covering the years 2017-2020, is out. The following table presents a survey-exhaustive ranking of countries by the percentages of respondents, by country, who said they would not like to have neighbors "of a different race" than their own (N = 125,098): Country %NeighborNotDiffRace 1) Burma 70.4 2)... Read More
Despite every aspect of the nationwide psyop falling apart over the course of the last four years, the collusion hoax was still largely successful. Four-in-five Americans with an opinion think the Russians have their heavy thumbs positioned to press hard on the electoral scales in November: A couple of things potentially check that dim view... Read More
Nebulafox on a crucial distinction between Occident and Orient: The West wasn't afraid of physics so the 20th century was the Western century. The West is afraid of genetics, though, and the Chinese are not, so we have another reason to believe the 21st will be the Chinese century. On the other hand, I suspect... Read More
Trump is the war weary end of an increasingly war weary Republican electorate; Biden is the war waging end of an increasingly war mongering party: With propitious prospects for Biden in November, the late John McCain is smiling as he gazes upward. He may be gone, but the warfare state he championed indefatigably lives on... Read More
216's COTW suggests a more palatable term for political dissolution than "secession": It will be especially rhetorically effective with Biden as president. His signature foreign policy plan in the late aughts was to softly partition Iraq into three federalized states so each could function effectively on its own instead of trying to force three separate... Read More
COTW from nebulafox on where the real power center of the modern Democrat party lies: After the GOP transitions into a perennial minority opposition party following this November's elections, the progressive wing of the ruling party will begin its process of pulling away from the neo-liberal establishment in earnest. While the progressives are still outnumbered... Read More
Americans perceive Canada to be our greatest ally, at least among the fourteen countries inquired about in a recent YouGov survey. If Australia had been included, maybe the Aussies would've been number one: Great Britain is right behind. It's almost as though after all these years we are still not yet deaf to the voice... Read More
Think of the treaty as a non-binding suggestion. If it's better for Americans to toss it in the trashcan, though, in the trashcan it goes ("not sure" responses, constituting 25% of the total, are excluded): The social contract doesn't bind individuals and the international contract doesn't bind nations. Consent is not the default. Each sovereign... Read More
DforDoom is true to his handle: There has been nothing like a massive backlash in South Africa, and the situation is far more dire there. On the other hand, the Afrikaners are facing hard repression. That's not the case in America, where things are by necessity softer. If the hundreds of millions of Americans who... Read More
Fool us 4,034 times, shame on us: There are intelligence reports! Those reports contain information from US intelligence agents! That information has been confirmed by Afghan officials! The Taliban and the Kremlin deny it all, but of course they would. They want us to cut and run, after all, and what better way to do... Read More
The following table shows the percentages of Americans who express a very/somewhat favorable opinion of Russian president Vladimir Putin. "Not sure" responses, constituting 19% of the total, are excluded so that the residual values represent the percentages of people who express a very/somewhat unfavorable opinion of him: The familiar pattern of white Democrats on the... Read More
A plurality of Americans now believe coronavirus was "created in a laboratory". This doesn't necessarily imply a belief that it was intended as a bioweapon. Those who suspect it was used for other research purposes before spreading to the public through carelessness or disgruntlement will be included in the plurality alongside those who think it... Read More
Four weeks ago, we looked at the change in American sentiment towards China from the beginning of March, before the coronavirus shutdown, and again at the end of March, once shelter-in-place had been instituted nearly nationwide. Of mild surprise was the discovery that Americans expressed less hostility towards China after corona came to the US... Read More
++Addition++As of a few hours subsequent to this post being published, Trends results for the month of November 2019 now return "Hmm, your search doesn't have enough data to show here". I’m 100% sure I entered those parameters multiple times by cut+pasting the URL as I was opening new tabs and running other potential search... Read More
At the beginning of March, before coronavirus turned America upside down, YouGov surveyed Americans on their sentiments towards China. The survey did so again at the end of the month, after most of the country had been placed under shelter-at-home orders, the stock market lost a third of its value, jobless claims increased by an... Read More
The percentages who approve and disapprove of "the travel ban between the U.S. and Europe", with residuals representing "not sure" responses: Maybe not better dead than 'racist' after all. On the other hand, the ban applies to Europe, so even though they're more cultured etc than we are, they're still white and therefore okay to... Read More
The correlation between state per capita residents of Chinese descent and the per capita coronavirus caseload excluding people who have been repatriated from Wuhan or from the Princess Diamond cruise ship is a modest .40 with Hawaii--a natural quarantine--excluded and just .09 with the Aloha state included. The former is a modest but statistically significant... Read More
The following table and map show the percentages of expats living in the United States as a percentage of the total populations living in their home countries*. Data are from 2013 through 2017: Country %inUS 1) Dominica 42.46 2) Guyana 35.56 3) Grenada 31.68 4) Jamaica 25.97 5) El Salvador 21.54 6) St. Vincent/Grenadines 20.98... Read More
President Trump has focused the Republican electorate on immigration and re-calibrated its views on trade. When it comes to war, however, it looks like they still want more. The following graph is constructed using data from YouGov's latest release. "Not sure" responses, constituting 22% of the total, are excluded: Though it seems redundant at first... Read More
There are politicians who do not want to invite the world but who do want to invade the world. We call them conservatives. There are politicians who want to invite the world but who do not want to invade the world. We call them liberals. There are politicians who want to invite the world and... Read More
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria were costly blunders. They cost America lots of men, money, and prestige. A war with Iran could cost the US more of all of these things than the other elective regime change wars did. Iran has many more people and is much larger than the other theaters are: The US won't... Read More
Bret Stephens writes an op/ed in the NYT sure to irritate everyone who is not, like Stephens himself, a secular Jewish neocon. Though I have no illusions about where Stephens stands, his column is a tremendous conversation starter. As such, it was immediately subject to relentless attack in corporate and social media. The contemporary meaning... Read More
The following graphs show partisan affiliation among native-born Americans and among immigrants from 2000 through 2018: The first thing to do when you're in a hole is to stop digging. They don't call the GOP the "stupid party" for no reason. GSS variables used: BORN, PARTYID(0-2)(3)(4-6)(7), YEAR(2000-2018)
COTW from an anon in response to polling data revealing the Republican electorate to be considerably more skeptical of free trade than Democrat voters: This result doesn’t surprise me in the least. It was obvious to anyone who took a look at the rhetoric being posted on Reddit politics and the late night “comedy” programs... Read More
That used to be a frequent refrain on Radio Derb. Though the gag has been made emeritus, the advice is even better today than it was when the Derb introduced it. As he explains: The public is in broad agreement. A recent YouGov survey asked respondents if they would encourage or discourage a young person... Read More
First the percentages of Americans who believe Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election and then the percentages of Americans who think the US has ever interfered with an election in any other country (!). Belief in Soviet sabotage: Belief in American interference:
The subsequent table comes from data in the latest wave of the WVS. It shows the percentages of respondents in a country who expressed a desire not to have immigrants or foreign workers as neighbors (N = 88,042): Country %Boo foreigners 1) Malaysia 59.7 2) Libya 59.0 3) Thailand 58.2 4) India 47.1 5) Qatar... Read More
Having recently been reminded by Ron Unz how heavily overrepresented Jews were in Bolshevik leadership positions, I wondered if relatively favorable sentiments towards communism would be detectable among American Jews. From the survey's inception through 1994, the GSS queried respondents on their perceptions of communism. Unfortunately, the end of the Cold War seems to have... Read More
Commenter SFG on demographic differences in American sentiments on Saudi Arabia: Pithy profundity. The correlation between net sentiments* on Saudi Arabia and net sentiments on Israel across the demographic groups presented here is a fairly robust .66. The gaps between groups is similar, albeit shifted substantially more positive across the board for Israel relative to... Read More
Though Saudia Arabia has an outsized impact on US foreign policy, the country largely operates behind a corporate media curtain. It's unusual to get an empirical glimpse into how Americans feel about the place. Given Saudi Arabia is a putative ally, they feel pretty crappy about the desert dwellers: Cringe. We don't need Saudi oil... Read More
The following graph shows, by partisan affiliation, what Americans perceive as the country's "greatest foe". "Not sure" responses, constituting 22% of the total, are excluded. Some portion of these "not sure" respondents likely abstained from answering because they don't see what they perceive as the greatest foe listed. I'd like to see Mexico, Israel, and... Read More
As commenter EliteComInc would say, Laughing: The reporter and those he talks to are unsure who the fliers "target". So completely does Wokeism forbid intellectual curiosity of any kind that the simple message could be making a statement intended to provoke those reading it into ponderment cannot be given any consideration. The women interviewed are... Read More
The rise in tensions between South Africans and Nigerians, in brutally predictable fashion (NSFW--or squeamish sensibilities), was made known to the world via the Twitter hashtag #SayNoToXenophobia. What is this we speak of, you ask? You aren't naive enough to think the Western corporate media would've covered as much in anything other than an embarrassingly... Read More
Commenter Bill proffers an answer to Jonathan Haidt's question about "what a democracy looks like when you drain all the trust from the system." Writes Bill: As it turns out, the World Values Survey asks a question nearly identical to the one included in the General Social Survey. Data for the WVS' most recent wave,... Read More
Never mind the obvious permaban--and in certain countries, court summons--one would receive for replacing "Rural white Americans" with "black Americans" or "illegal immigrants" and then tweaking a few of the particulars in the post above. This even though such a message, while equally cruel and mean-spirited, would be more veracious. Never mind that one reason... Read More
When it comes to chain migration, the sentiment precedes the behavior. The door is open and our newest neighbors are clamoring for it to be opened wider and wider: GSS variables used: LETIN1A(1-2)(3)(4-5), BORN
From the large YouGov survey tapped earlier this week, the following graphs show net sentiment among Americans towards thirteen other countries, by race and by partisan affiliation. Net sentiment is calculated by taking the percentages who identify a country as an "ally" and multiplying by two, taking the percentages who identify a country as "friendly",... Read More
Inexplicably, a demographic breakdown of views on George Zimmerman's acquittal in the case of Trayvon Martin's death has to this point not been provided here. Better late than never! The following comes from a Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted in the summer of 2013. "Neither agree nor disagree" and "don't know" answers, given by one-quarter of respondents,... Read More
The following graph and table show the number of The New York Times articles over the last decade mentioning a country at least once per 100,000 people residing in said country. Countries with fewer than one million inhabitants are excluded: Country As/100kppl 1) Israel 289.5 2) Ireland 215.7 3) Hong Kong 196.8 4) Qatar 185.0... Read More
Remittances from the United States to Mexico totaled nearly $32 billion last year. Exporting social problems in return for tens of billions of dollars and political influence in another country is an impressive bit of statesmanship. Too bad the US doesn't have someone able to artfully pull off a masterful kind of deal like the... Read More
The following graph was created using data from a recent Pew Research report entitled Race in America 2019. Pew asked respondents how each of the four largest Census-designated demographic groups in the US are perceived to get along with members of each of the others. 'Net harmony' is calculated by taking the percentage of respondents... Read More
From the beginning of 2010 through the end of April of 2019, the number of articles in The New York Times containing at least one mention of countries deemed subjectively among the world's most important by this writer: France topping the charts is a bit surprising. The arts, maybe? [edit: Britain comes out on top--I'd... Read More
Source. Even Islam tolerates Israel (though the Muslim sample, at just 66, is the smallest one represented here by far). Only in America! Parenthetically, is the post's title anti-Semitic? If not, good. Let free expression be. If so, would it be more, less, or equally anti-Semitic to assert that AIPAC is bad at what it... Read More
The sample size, at 446, is modest, but there is a noticeable generational divide in expressed animosity towards Russia among American Jews. While just 21.1% of those over the age of 40 express a favorable opinion of the country, 35.3% of Jews under 40 years of age do. More evidence younger Jews are less leftist... Read More
Reuters-Ipsos has a poll tracking partisan affiliation that has been running since the beginning of 2016. It now has a total sample standing at 457,215 responses. The explorer allows for all kinds of filters to be applied, including state of residency, educational attainment, race, and 2016 presidential vote. So here are the results with those... Read More
Blacks in America support open borders. They express less support for immigration restrictionism than even Hispanics or Jews do. It's a perennial fantasy that they're the biggest opponents of open borders on account of being the ones hurt by it the most. Libertarians get a lot a grief from us for thinking urban blacks are... Read More
Reuters-Ipsos has a poll tracking partisan affiliation that has been running since the beginning of 2016. It now has a total sample standing at 457,215 responses. The explorer allows for all kinds of filters to be applied, including state of residency, educational attainment, race, and 2016 presidential vote. So here are the results with those... Read More
The wall is Trump's no new taxes pledge. It's infinitely frustrating to see that he is apparently only now fully grasping that reality. Hell, rank amateurs have been pointing this out from the beginning: The Derb is concerned that Trump, cognizant of how his reelection campaign hinges on the wall or lack thereof, will give... Read More
Concurrent with the inception of non-white sacralizing and of the flight from white. While the latter two trends continue their now five-decades-long ascendancy, Peak Holocaust hit in the early 2000s: As white gentile nations have increasingly taken on foreign non-white populations that are more hostile to Jews than the natives of said white gentile nations,... Read More
In last week's Power Hour, the Z-Man noted that one major reason Trump gets so little Establishment push back for tangling with China--despite the real dangers involved--is because our elites are legitimately worried about the Middle Kingdom. Crowding out top American colleges, stealing the intellectual property elites live off of, pricing them out of major... Read More