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 led to the question being retired after that. The following graph shows the percentages of respondents who identified communism as “the worst kind [of government] of all”. The other three choices were “it’s bad, but no worse than some others”, “it’s all right for some countries”, and “it’s a good form of government”:
Polymath Gregory Cochran recently asked about evidence of seemingly orthogonal kinds of craziness being related. With the strong correlation between educational attainment and affinity for communism here we seem to have evidence of a related phenomenon the academic Bruce Charlton memorably identified as that of the “clever sillies”.
GSS variables used: COMMUN(1), RACE, RELIG, SEX, DEGREE