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We won't ever know what the actual votes were, only what those who count the votes declare the outcome to be. That's what a good cross section of 40% of Americans think, anyway: How far and for how long can trust in every major institution and process in the country fall before the country itself... Read More
This doesn't bode well for public trust in our electoral institutions on November 4th, 2020: Though results are not broken down by both race and political orientation in the survey results, we can deduce from the relatively low levels of black trust that white Democrat trust is quite high. The secretary of state in Pennsylvania,... Read More
Like the recent post, the following graphs show public confidence in several major US institutions. In this iteration, results are by age range. The higher the value, the greater the confidence. The CIA, FBI, and NSA: These, along with subsequent graphs depicting confidence in corporate media institutions, reminds me why I repeatedly assert that millennials... Read More
The following graphs show public confidence in several major US institutions. The higher the value, the greater the confidence. The CIA: The FBI: Remember when the left used to be skeptical of unaccountable federal intelligence agencies? Today they are lapdogs, not watchdogs. Parenthetically, I don't know why Hispanic figures vary so much between the two... 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
Perceptions of Epstein's death according to a recent Emerson poll (N = 1,458): Murdered --34.3% Suicide -- 33.4% Unsure -- 32.3% A plurality of Americans believe Jeffrey Epstein was murdered rather than committed suicide. The margin is small, but dissensions from the official story are still in their relatively seminal stages. The only other putative... Read More
Yes, charitable giving is religiously mediated, significantly so. The following graph shows the percentages of people, by frequency of church (or other religious worship service) attendance, who have made multiple monetary charitable contributions in the previous year. To avoid racial confounding, responses are restricted to non-Hispanic whites (N = 3,688): Parenthetically, categories are mutually exclusive,... Read More
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation's 2016 presidential primary survey asked participants about their "attitude[s] towards politicians". Other than the no opinion/don't know answers, there were five possible responses. Three fit into one bucket. The remaining two fit into another. They've been separated accordingly below. The distribution of high school student responses on attitudes towards politicians in... Read More
Agnostic suggests breaking the major media companies up: If it can be done then by all means do so. A less herculean task, and one that would prove more popular in the nearer-term, is for Trump and his team to simply bar them from press conferences--including Sean Spicer's daily briefings--and grant members of select organizations... Read More
The Derb, excerpting George Orwell: With all the caveats about self-reported data, especially on ancestry among the European mongrels who make up America's contemporary white population, as well as the limitations caused by having just two years of survey data and thus suboptimal sample sizes on the question under examination taken into account, the following... Read More
Excerpting TWCS, Heartiste talks about quantifying the costs of Diversity!, the structure of which is characterized by an iceberg effect with the most conspicuous costs representing a small fraction of the total while the most go unnoticed by all but the few who deliberately look for them. While TWCS defeated the kraken, I'll throw my... Read More
Among many other things, a modern economy requires a high-trust society. As social trust continues to decline across the West, so will the the standard-of-living and quality-of-life the West enjoys. The immigration trends over the last fifty years are accelerating this process. Immigrants to the US are less trusting of others than natives are. The... Read More
Happiness quotients, by race, computed by taking the percentages of GSS participants who self-describe as "very happy" and subtracting from them the percentages who say they're "not too happy", presented in both table and graph formats. The higher the score, the happier the group. For contemporary relevance all responses are from 2000 onward (n =... Read More
Last month Steve Sailer wrote:Stepping away from the presidential election for a moment, allow me to do what the tagline advertises and validate Steve's stereotype. The GSS routinely asks respondents whether they feel as though most people are trustworthy or not. The following table shows the percentages of people, grouped by intelligence*, who say that... Read More
The always perspicacious, always accessible Z-Man: The percentages of respondents, by decade, who say that "most people can be trusted" as opposed to "you can never be too careful" (n = 37,407): In the words of a great dissident, we are doomed. GSS variables used: YEAR(1970-1979)(1980-1989)(1990-1999)(2000-2010)(2010-2014), TRUST(1-2)
The Z-Man on millennials: I have twenty millennials who work under me and my perception is that truth isn't even held up as something they tell themselves they're striving for. In the context of the general election it's primarily about how Trump, Hillary, and Sanders make them feel and, secondarily, what direct benefits they represent... Read More
In a post last month, Vox Day made a couple of assertions: 1) Agnostics are more intelligent than atheists, and 2) Atheists don't trust other people because they're projecting their own lack of integrity onto others.I've looked at the first issue before and recall the ordering, from most to least intelligent, going agnostic-atheist-uncertain believer-firm believer,... Read More
See Ed West (via the chickadee), on the English not being a very family-oriented people in contrast with Middle Easterners and North Africans on the family-oriented other end of the spectrum and Mediterranean peoples somewhere in between. He subsequently considers the advantages societies with weak family connections enjoy. I'm not sure from the excerpt if... Read More
Social trust has steadily declined in the US over at least the last four decades. Part of that decline is explained by an increase in the proportion of the country's non-white population, but much of it is due to a decline in trust among non-Hispanic whites as well. Diversity is strength social withdrawal paired with... Read More
Digging a little deeper, it's remarkable just how little trust millennials express having in other people. The following graph shows the percentages of those under 30 years of age, those over 30 years old, and the population as a whole who assert that "most people can be trusted" on a dichotomous rendering of a question... Read More
The US has become so disunited--religiously, ethnically, politically, economically, culturally, racially, linguistically--that its existence as a single political entity no longer makes sense. As the polyglot country becomes increasingly diverse and thus increasingly divided, people are becoming increasingly distrustful of other people. The following graph shows the percentage of GSS respondents, by year, who say... Read More
The FWD.us oligarchs would like to bring in foreign tech workers who, in addition to decreasing the cost of the labor they utilize by increasing its supply by their mere presence, are also less demanding and more pliable than their native counterparts are. The oligarchs would also, presumably, like us to trust them and their... Read More
Agnostic has been marshaling a sundry series of posts that trace how shifts in the rate of violent crime are associated with changes in the behaviors and culture of broader society, from the rise and fall of shorts' length (heh) to disappearance and resurrection of drive-ins.Initially, I figured, understandably enough, that trust levels would tend... Read More
The role of trust in understanding how societies and individuals function is a fascinating topic, and one I don't feel like I coherently understand. High-trust countries function better than low-trust countries do, and they're more desirable places to live.What is a high-trust society? Trust for family members and trust for strangers are two distinct things,... Read More
As someone who sees the future as more clannish and tribalistic than the one he grew up in, I wanted to take a look at whether or not that intuition is borne out by data both within the US and beyond its borders. First, the home front. The following graph shows the percentage of GSS... Read More