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A century ago, it was easy to tell Catholics and Protestants apart in America. Unless they are coming out of church, it's difficult to do so now. One major reason for this is the high rate of intermarriage between Catholics and Protestants over the last few generations. Is a similar trend taking place among Jews... Read More
In a few generations, that is. The Orthodox don't yet comprise one-in-ten American Jews, though they will soon and their representation will continue to increase from there. In many respects, non-Orthodox Jews view the Orthodox like liberal whites view white Trump supporters--as deplorables. Orthodox Jews voted for Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. But while the... Read More
As America becomes less culturally and ancestrally Western, the orientation of the country's foreign policy will correspondingly move away from the West and towards the rest: Zoomers and millennials are modestly less favorably inclined towards Western leaders than older generations. And they're much less hostile towards putatively authoritarian--putatively because Ontario, Canada is locked down harder... Read More
The following graph shows why American men and women use dating sites and applications. Respondents were permitted to select as many reasons as they wanted to: Dating apps and websites probably aren't as debauched as you think they are, especially if you came of age before the internet swallowed up all social interactions. Not all... Read More
The young are at much lesser risk from Covid-19 than the elderly. That doesn't appear to be the case with the vaccine shots, though. If anything, the opposite is true: Rogan was right, or at least eminently reasonable, when he hypothetically advised a healthy man in his twenties to forego the shot. There is a... Read More
The assessment Facebook banned and the corporate media destroyed people for holding looks to be the correct one. Oops, looks like the fact checkers effed up again. Despite more than a year of the merchants of mendacity running cover for the US and Chinese establishments, most Americans see through the lies: Virtually every aspect of... Read More
The following graph shows how American Jews perceive the importance of various things in defining what it means to be Jewish. The figures are computed by taking the percentages who rate a thing as essential and subtracting from it the percentages who deem it unimportant. The percentages indicating a thing to be important but not... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of Jewish Americans and of all Americans who perceive there to be "a lot" of discrimination against various groups: Michael Savage and his friends are about the only Jews who think evangelicals are seriously put upon. Evangelicals are the strongest supporters of Israel in the country--stronger supporters of Israel... Read More
The following series of graphs show contemporary American views on past (and present) US wars by partisan affiliation. Pat Buchanan was fighting an uphill battle with Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: Vietnam is the least popular war over at least the last century and change, the second world war perceived to be the most... Read More
So desperately I sing to thee of good news that may not come as too much of a surprise to readers of comment sections anywhere--left, right, or otherwise: It's easy to despair over the increasing intellectual totalitarian absurdity of The Great Awokening. That despair might be justified. But the inanity could also be indicative of... Read More
The dam of resistance has burst. Democrat apprehension over reopening society has been washed downstream. Bipartisan majorities support a return to normalcy: It is truly bizarre to watch national officials still carry on as though the public is looking to them for permission to have a few friends over on the fourth of July. There... Read More
It will come as a surprise to many that left-leaning YouGov finds net nationwide support for Texas Senate Bill 8. The pro-life bill bans abortions of fetuses with detectable heartbeats. Heartbeats become detectable as early as six weeks into pregnancy. When the bill takes effect in September it will be one of the most restrictive... Read More
The empirical assessment of the validity of stereotypes--or the lack thereof--is the blog's raison d'etre, so let's reclinate towards the place we began. The following graph shows how much more likely men are to say they find "slimmer women" more attractive than "chubby women", how much more likely women are to say they find "taller... Read More
Black Rednecks and White Liberals part XXVIII: It's time to declare victory and come home. As is the case with flu shots, allow people to decide whether or not they want to take the jab each year or every few months or whatever the recommended schedule is. The Biden administration gets a win, Big Pharma... Read More
There is no way for the GOPe to rig the primaries hard enough to overcome pro-Trump sentiment among Republican--and many independent--voters. There is no electoral support for the Cheney charnel house or the Lincoln Project perverts. No matter how hard the corporate media tries to manufacture it, they can't even get through the fabrication stage:... Read More
The following graph shows net sympathy for Israelis or for Palestinians by various demographic characteristics. Figures are arrived at by taking the percentages of respondents in a subgroup partial to Israelis and subtracting from it the percentages of respondents partial to Palestinians: America's demographic transformation, disproportionately supported by Jews, has undermined American support for Israel... Read More
The Ron Paul moment may not have passed. Perhaps after lying dormant for a decade it is poised to return with a vengeance: Or perhaps having non-Democrats split and most of the left arrayed in opposition is too hostile an environment for the moment's renaissance. If it's not an idea whose time has yet come,... Read More
Many people do not think the virtual playing field is an even one: A plurality of BIPOCs and of Democrats perceive social media to be fair. Pluralities of whites and of independents, and an outright majority of Republicans, see the deck stacked in favor of the left. Know thy enemy. Curiously, nearly one-in-five Republicans perceive... Read More
By selected demographics, the following graph compares whether the disease or the putative cure is perceived to be the greater threat. The figures are arrived at by taking the percentages identifying Covid-19 as a greater risk than adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccines and subtracting from it the percentages identifying the cure as a bigger... Read More
The following graph shows net support for former president Donald Trump being allowed back on to Facebook by the social media platform: If you come in search of optimism, find a flicker of hope in the results by age cohort. Zoomers are by this measure the generation most opposed to the corpotocracy silencing the citizenry.... Read More
From Donald Trump's swearing in January 201 through the Spring of 2020, public opinion on whether racial relations were getting better or worse in the US improved from a net worse of 65% to a net worse of just 24%. Perceived net racial acrimony was reduced to a third of what it had been three... Read More
And nobody but blacks dig the Democrats: All that talk from the GOP aimed at convincing blacks how the Democrat party keeps them on the plantation has been really effective. Party of Lincoln, freed the slaves! Frank Luntz and Karl Rove are geniuses. The unimpressive Republican figure among conservatives is arrived at by way of... Read More
The following graph shows how positively (or negatively) Americans, by partisan affiliation, view several other countries: The most striking thing is how much the Establishment's bipartisan foreign policy consensus is shared by an allegedly increasingly restless, increasingly populist electorate. There are huge partisan divides on domestic issues like immigration, abortion, and race relations. But when... Read More
The blog's raison d'etre is to empirically assess the (in)validity of stereotypes. File this one in the valid drawer: Because expanding the definition of marriage from being a union between two members of opposite sexes to being a union between two people had nothing to do with redefining the the parameters and expectations of the... Read More
Like everything else in modern America, the Covid poke or parry is highly partisan: If there is a Covid kill switch, too many deplorables are going to escape it. If refusing to take the jab is playing Russian roulette with one's health, too many deplorables are going to... die? That doesn't sound like an outcome... Read More
All this talk about emotional exhaustion is hard for white guys who've worked rail lines, for moving companies, on construction sites and all manner of other physically demanding jobs to understand. Calloused hands, sore backs, and sweat-stained undershirts--those are the consequences of exhaustion. Or so they think. But it's nothing compared to the emotional exhaustion... Read More
After the mop up operations were complete and the last incalcitrant resisters snuffed out in the Culture War battle over transgenderism, this blog suspected the next front in the siege on sexual mores would be against the presumption of at least serial monogamy. The celebration of open relationships is on the way! That doesn't look... Read More
Big business and the culture wars, a marriage made in heaven: Forget Democratic Socialism, the arc of history bends towards Woke Capitalism:
The ACAB position is a minority one, even among Democrats, but time is on its side: This poll was conducted a few days before the Derek Chauvin verdict. Whatever the outcome means for ACAB, it is at this point hard not to think at the very least ACAF--all cops are fools. Why would a man... Read More
As if the imploding American empire doesn't have enough explosives along its foundations as is, there has been a marked bipartisan increase in hostility towards the world's ascendant second pole over the last four years: The setup for a spectacular American collapse is nearly complete. If China makes a move on Taiwan, a move on... Read More
Support for or opposition to Black Lives Matter is now a marginally better predictor of whether a person is a Democrat or a Republican than who he voted for is: Exit polling shows 5% of Democrats and 6% of Republicans voted for Trump and Biden, respectively. But just 3% of Democrats express a negative view... Read More
All the corporatocracy had to do to neutralize the Occupy Wall Street movement was signal support for Wokeism. We'll cheer on transgender athletes and BIPOC Ivy League graduates, you let us grind the working and middle classes into the dirt while enacting the largest upward transfers of wealth in the history of the world. Deal?... Read More
Just one-in-four Americans following--or not following--the Chauvin case from the sidelines have suspended judgment on the outcome of the trial until the jury deliberates and presents its verdict: Sitting in judgment as a man's life hangs in the balance would be hard enough when being presented, without distraction, with the best prosecutorial and defense cases... Read More
Put voter ID up for a national vote and it will win in a landslide: Joe Biden may say it's more restrictive than Jim Crow, but almost nobody believes him, including black Americans. Nobody does because it's obviously not. Everyone knows it's nearly impossible to function in modern America without photo identification. No bank accounts,... Read More
The percentages of people, by selected demographic characteristics, who describe those who display American flags on their homes or vehicles as "racist": One-in-five "very liberal" people view the American flag as a racist symbol, as do one-in-eight blacks and one-in-nine people under the age of 35. The stars and stripes haven't suffered the same fate... Read More
When it comes to liking themselves as individuals, blacks come out on top and whites on bottom: If a man doesn't like himself, why should he expect others to like him? What does he know that they don't? Quoth Broken Record Man, we’re told society pedestalizes whites while causing people of color to feel bad... Read More
In terms of physical appearance, do you think you are more attractive than average, average, or less attractive than average?: The white distribution approximates a normal one. The non-white distributions display various levels of Lake Wobegon effect. We're told society pedestalizes whites while causing people of color to feel bad about themselves. The data say... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of respondents (listed along the horizontal axis) who say members of putative victim groups (color-coded near the top) are either discriminated against "a great deal" or "a fair amount". Residual percentages describe the amount of discrimination they faced as either "not much" or "none at all". So for example,... Read More
Hogging of the spotlight aside, gun control isn't something zoomers are much interested in: Whites are more tolerant of gun ownership than non-whites, younger cohorts are less white than older cohorts, and yet younger cohorts are still less supportive of second amendment restrictions than old folks are. For better or worse, America will remain a... Read More
Read into this what you will, if anything: One-quarter of respondents were indifferent or answered "not sure". Their responses are excluded such that the residuals represent "bad thing" percentages. This blogger reads it as yet another indication young people are chafing under the current system. The neo-liberal establishment's mix of liberal democracy and corporatism isn't... Read More
New York governor Andrew Cuomo's fate isn't particularly interesting insofar as retail politics are concerned. But the meta ramifications could be fascinating: He has virtually no public support. One-third of respondents are "not sure" and are excluded from the above, but outright majorities of most groups and strong pluralities of even Democrats and of liberals... Read More
The left is concerned about voter suppression, but the simple requirement that a voter present a valid ID at the time of voting isn't what most people, including most Democrats, perceive to be suppression: The survey doesn't provide further cross-tabulated data, but it looks like white Democrats are close to split on the question. All... Read More
Net favorability of current US supreme court justices, by partisan affiliation: For naifs suffering from the delusion that the highest judicial body in the land is anything close to impartial, the inverse correlation between Democrat and Republican approval is a nearly perfect .98. In other words, Democrat approval of a justice is a virtually perfect... Read More
The following graph shows, by partisan affiliation, whether voter fraud (too many people voting) or voter suppression (too few people voting) is perceived to be a bigger concern. The results are unsurprising: The right needs to come to terms with the fact that they are no longer the silent majority. They are the persecuted minority--and... Read More
Americans mostly oppose transgender athletes competing against members of the opposite biological sex: For now, anyway. The pattern and distribution of these figures feel a lot like those on same-sex marriage in the aughts. It's not difficult to imagine majority opposition to any sort of ban a decade from now. On the other hand, this... Read More
In a matter of weeks the Establishment went from singing New York governor Andrew Cuomo's praises to tossing him to the curb. Pale stale males still have tactical uses, but they're expendable. No position is too ensconced, too high-ranking, to protect them when the decision they've outlived their usefulness has been made. Obstacles occupying spots... Read More
One of the common objections to political dissolution is that the idea is dead on arrival because the cultural commissars will never let the others go. A recent poll from Bright Line Watch casts doubt on that presumption. It found 29% of Americans in support (10% strongly, 19% somewhat) of the US breaking up into... Read More
Net support for the recent US airstrikes on Syria last week: The partisan distribution meshes well with other polling data on related issues. Democrats are becoming the War Party. When young men from flyover country join the military, they're becoming mercenaries for a force increasingly at odds with their values, their interests, and their communities.... Read More
As predicted, the wars are back in town. One aspect of the American political realignment taking place is of the Republican party--reluctantly, at the behest of its voters--beginning to cede control of the country's military adventurism to Democrats: As the neocons migrate back to the political party more temperamentally suited for their nation-building cultural imperialism,... Read More
If populism means championing the needs of the common man, the Republican party's transition from the oligarchy's marionette to the party of the people has a long way to go. The following graph shows which of the two major political parties, if any, people believe to be more concerned about the needs of people like... Read More