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Some Guy writes: In nearly 3,000 posts, the blog does not appear to have taken a look at that. It's an inexplicable oversight since the General Social Survey makes it easy to do, albeit with suboptimally small non-white samples. So now that will be rectified: While views on immigration may be significantly heritable there is... Read More
With dfordoom's questions as impetus, the percentages of those living with a significant other who are not married to said significant other follow. Residual values represent the percentages of people living with a significant other and married. This thus excludes people who live alone be they single or otherwise. Dfordoom does specify the figures should... Read More
A reminder that political realignments happen (presented as a three-iteration moving average for smoothness): The abortion debate is the ultimate political game in paying lip service. Nothing much has changed in two generations even though both Republicans and Democrats reliably leverage the promise to protect life and increase access for choice, respectively, for fundraising and... Read More
Jesus is king: Corporate media has nothing to do with conveying actual news and everything to do with using its platform to construct a narrative bearing little resemblance to reality--at least not yet. The reality is not to be discovered, it is to be fabricated. Americans still love Christians, but they like Jews, too: Well... Read More
The percentages of people, by race, who said their "ethnic group membership" is "very important" to their sense of who they are. The question was only asked once, in 2002, so it has gathered some dust, though the results feel evergreen: One of the most important socio-cultural questions of the 21st century is how people... Read More
In 2018, the GSS introduced a question concerning how often respondents perceived other people acting as though they, the respondents, were "not smart". The following graph shows the percentages who answered either "almost every day" or "at least once a week", by selected demographics. IQ buckets are derived from Wordsum scores: Empirically assessing the validity... Read More
Each category is mutually exclusive so there is no double counting (Jews may be of any race but all other groups are non-Jewish and Hispanics may be non-Jews of any race but the other racial groups are exclusively non-Hispanic). Social class is self-reported. It correlates with income, education, and occupational prestige but not perfectly so.... Read More
A few notes upfront. The data on both social class and partisan affiliation are based on self-reports. Until the year 2000, the GSS question about racial identity included only three options--"white", "black", and "other". Those who participated from 2000 onward and self-identified as Hispanic split evenly between "white" and "other" on the aforementioned ternary question.... Read More
Taken from the beginning of America's third great religious revival, the percentages of GSS respondents, by race and also by political orientation among whites, who attribute blacks having "worse jobs, income, and housing than white people" at least in part "because most just don't have the motivation or willpower to pull themselves up out of... Read More
The push to defund municipal police departments is being considered by elected officials in many large American cities: While the concept of "defunding" typically means eliminating funding for a body or initiative completely, recent efforts to "defund the police" make the case for slashing funding to law enforcement and seeing that money redirected to more... Read More
The subsequent graph brings to mind Steve Sailer's observation that whites are increasingly resembling American Indians as defeated peoples suffering in despair: GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1)(2)(3)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), LOTR3(1-4)(5)
In a recent post investigating the relationship between intelligence, theism, and political orientation, an interesting discussion broke out in the comments concerning the putative correlation between theism and optimism, and the causal nature of that alleged correlation. I wondered if such a relationship exists. Atheists on average have higher IQs, higher educational attainment, and higher... Read More
An anonymous commenter channeled the sentiments of many irreligious readers in a recent post discussing the religious angle of the coronavirus divide: The commenter's disdain aside, the first assertion is an empirical question. The last assertion is, too, but I've yet to come across good data to evaluate it by. Using the GSS, the following... Read More
From the GSS 2010 onward (N = 7,886), the percentage of native-born Americans who belong to or have spouses who belong to labor unions is 13.1%. For foreign-born residents, the figure is 9.3%. Natives are thus over 40% more likely to be union members than immigrants are. The AFL-CIO and Jeff Bezos are both big... Read More
Twitter is not real life: The question is a binary one, so the residual percentages--representing vast majorities of people of every race--are those who answered they do not in any way feel discriminated against at work on account of their race or ethnicity. Race is not merely a social construct. It's a biological one, too,... Read More
Filtering through the archives, it looks as though it has been over a decade since we've put together posts on rates of extramarital sex by ethnicity, and those were presented in a clunky table rather than in graphical format. You've come far Ness, so it's time to rectify that infidelity to the reader: GSS variables... Read More
Percentages of adults under the age of 40 who report having experienced poor mental health--defined as "stress, depression, and problems with emotions"--over the last month by race, sex, and political orientation: Black conservatives Jon Miller and Candace Owens come off as psychologically unshakable--archetypally so, it would appear. And then there's that iconic photo from early... Read More
One of the early analytical errors I made was in assuming guys like Heartiste were wrong about fundamental aspects of the modern sexual marketplace because the data showed, if anything, that the quantity of per capita sex was going down while the share of celibates was going up. Promiscuity? Ha, more like prudishness! Upon further... Read More
It's easy to feel like progressive morality is always advancing, sending the gods of the copybook headings heading for the hills and creating new gods in their stead. Writes dfordoom: Homosexuality went from being disgusting to ignored to tolerated to accepted to celebrated in remarkably short order. In considerably less than a single lifespan it... Read More
In the latest iteration of the GSS, the survey introduced a question asking respondents if they agreed or disagreed with the assertion that "for a society to be fair, differences in people's standard of living should be small". The following graph shows 'sympathy for socialism' scores* by selected demographics. Understand this is assessing the colloquial... Read More
Zoomers too. The GSS asked in 1996 and then again in 2016 if respondents have "ever felt that you were going to have a nervous breakdown?". They may have actually experienced one or just felt on the verge of doing so. The percentages who answered in the affirmative, by sex, age range, and year surveyed:... Read More
The percentages of non-Hispanic whites, by political orientation, who think it is "not very likely" that whites suffer negative consequences like lost job opportunities from affirmative action policies: Twenty years ago, only one-in-three whites across the political spectrum deemed it unlikely for whites to pay a price for affirmative action policies aimed at benefiting non-whites.... Read More
From 2000 onward for contemporary relevance, among women aged 40 or older for completed fertility, and restricted to non-Hispanic whites to avoid racial confounding, we have TFRs by educational attainment and religious service attendance: Religiosity is a strong correlate with fertility. Nothing quite trumps the inverse correlation fecundity has with female educational attainment, a robust... Read More
A theme we like to revisit here is the stronger nationalism expressed by younger Jews relative to that of their elders. This generational dynamic is quite unique in the American context. The following graph shows immigration restrictionism by age and ethnicity. The GSS asked respondents what they “think the number of immigrants nowadays to America... Read More
The following graph shows immigration restrictionism indices, by social class, from the onset of the Great Awokening through the latest iteration of the GSS. The survey asked respondents what they "think the number of immigrants nowadays to America should be". The IR index is calculated as follows: (2*%reduced a lot)+(% reduced a little)-(% increased a... Read More
Spurred by an exchange between regular commenters dfordoom and EliteCommInc, following are a few graphs showing the change over time in church attendance and certainty of God's existence among American Christians, as well as the percentages of Americans identifying as Christian, all by broad age cohort: The stated beliefs and reported behaviors of self-identifying Christians... Read More
The GSS contains one of the most unambiguous, straightforward measures of personal support for voluntary eugenics. Most recently in 2004--yes, dated, but we work with what we have--the survey asked in the case of a pregnant woman or the partner of a pregnant woman, "Would you (yourself want to/want your partner to) have an abortion... Read More
With Biden on life support--his campaign, that is--Bloomberg has emerged as the perceived frontrunner in the South. From PredictIt: Former Republican, stop-and-frisk, aggressive-lending-to-minorities-caused-the-housing-crisis Bloomberg to be the candidate blacks rally behind with Biden on the ropes? Sanders has a pulse among blacks, but that comes from the young woke ones. They're not a majority. Black... Read More
The sex recession among young adults today relative to the young adults of the past is a consequence of the decline in the institution of marriage. The following table shows, by the decade the question was asked, the percentages of married and unmarried people between the ages of 18-29 who reported not having had sex... Read More
As assessing the empirical validity of stereotypes is the blog's raison d'etre, here's one that holds up. The percentages of adults, by the number of children they have, who "almost always" regard their pets as members of the family (N = 670): I enjoy our dogs and so do my children. If the SHTF and... Read More
Rates of household gun ownership, by partisan affiliation, over time. Note the displayed range of the y-axis being 50 points in total, from 20% to 70%: That gun protections are the one battlefield in the culture war the right has largely won on is made even more impressive by the fact that gun ownership rates... Read More
YouGov inquired in 2017 about the perceived morality of ten different personal behaviors. The percentages who deemed them to be "morally wrong" (as opposed to "morally acceptable"), by age cohort: On six of the ten behaviors--birth control, divorce, premarital sex, assisted suicide, gambling, and drinking alcohol--zoomers (and younger millennials) are the least morally permissive age... Read More
Talha, in reaction to changes over time among whites and by partisan affiliation for the favoring of close relatives marrying whites: The sample sizes are too small to break out non-white groups by year, so the following graph shows the percentages of people who favor and who oppose a close relative marrying a member of... Read More
Here's another example of modern conservatism being little more than liberalism from ten--or in this case, six--years ago. The following graph shows the percentages of non-Hispanic whites, by partisan affiliation, who said they either "strongly favor" or "favor" a "close relative marrying a white person" over time: The arrested decline among white Democrats since the... Read More
Commenter joe2.5 requests: And, I hope, receives: The white, black, Hispanic, and Asian categories are mutually exclusive. Jews may be of any race but are predominately white. Atheist = "I don't believe in God" Agnostic = "I don't know whether there is a God and I don't believe there is any way to find out"... Read More
For contemporary relevance, responses are from 2012 onward: Additionally, more than two-thirds of atheists are men. If they're going to badger geologists, hockey teams, and historical societies, surely atheists have a righteous comeuppance on the horizon, too. We really have to ask ourselves who we are if we lack the moral courage to inform our... 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)
President Trump's bizarre executive order first reported as identifying Judaism as a race and a nationality in addition to a religion for the purpose of providing legal privilege protection raised a lot of eyebrows. It looks like the initial reports were sensationalized and that the order won't change much. We'll see. According to a recent... Read More
Four members of Congress recently urged the Department of Justice to prosecute producers and distributors of pornography using existing obscenity laws. Three Supreme Court cases in the late sixties and early seventies awarded pornography general constitutional protection, but stare decisis and contemporary public opinion are at odds, especially with regards to children. Says one of... Read More
In addition to repeatedly pointing out how gun grabbing is a geezer's game rather than child's play, another hobby horse is drawing attention to the fact that women are more pro-life and less pro-choice than men are*. In 2018, the GSS asked for the first time about the moral dimension of abortion. Among women with... Read More
The idea that most immigrants come to the US hoping to leave the countries they hailed from behind and start anew in the land of opportunity isn't one anyone much tries to push anymore. That's for the better since it isn't true. The deeper the roots, the more protective of the soil. The shallower the... Read More
From 2008 through 2018, the GSS surveyed 814 non-citizens living in the US. Eighteen of those 814, or 2.2%, reported voting in a US presidential election during that time. The number who would have been legally permitted to have done so would of course be zero. Maybe it's transcription error, maybe it's respondent confusion over... Read More
Ben Shapiro, smiter of strawmen: Shapiro asserts that race and ethnicity have no bearing on how people vote. He allows that culture does, though, because culture "is about how people think". Neat if true. But people who think the same way, sharing conservative positions on various things, vote in radically different ways--depending on their race... Read More
Writing in his October Diary, John Derbyshire wonders where the human instinct to spirituality goes after organized religion has collapsed: Ed West may have pulled it from the General Social Survey. If he didn't, the GSS corroborates whatever source he did use: That "The Great Awokening" is the phrase used to describe this spiritual manifestation... Read More
Okay, that's hyperbolic. More accurately, this generation's conservatives are last generation's liberals: The question of what conservatism is conserving, exactly, remains an open question that Conservatism, Inc has a tough time answering. GSS variables used: HOMOSEX(1), YEAR, POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)
The percentages of Clinton, Trump, and third party voters who believe astrology is scientific: More evidence of who f*cking loves science! and who is a superstitious deplorable. GSS variables used: ASTROSCI(1-2)(3), PRES16(1-3)
How's that for SEO maximization? Commenter Jim Christian writes: As it happens, the GSS has since 2004 recorded the sex of the interviewer in addition to the sex of the respondent. The following graph shows reported average opposite-sex partner counts among those at least 40 years old by the sex of both the interviewer and... Read More
The percentages of married women, by sexual orientation, who report having had sex with someone other than a spouse while married: If the survey asked about pansexuals, maybe the extramarital rate would crack 50%. What kind of man would marry a woman he couldn't, even as an Adonis doppelganger, fully satisfy? Sexual standards are inherently... Read More
One bemusing aspect of the modern zeitgeist is how materially poor people are objects of sympathy and compassion while sexually poor people--specifically men--are objects of ridicule and disdain. This is so even though there is a fair amount of overlap between the two (to avoid racial confounding, only non-Hispanic whites are shown and data are... Read More