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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
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
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
Speaking of young 'refugees' and geriatric catchers, the World Value Survey's sixth wave, spanning 2010-2014, is out. The percentages of respondents who either "agree" or "strongly agree" that "old people have too much political influence". First, among our European host countries included in the survey: Catcher BooElderly Germany 36.1% Poland 35.0% Spain 25.9% Sweden 33.3%... Read More
I filched some data on the putative femininity of several countries from Staffan and correlated with hostility towards immigration from the World Values Survey, suspecting there might be a relationship between virility and skepticism of xenophilia. Alas, there is nothing approaching a statistically significant connection (r = .11, p-value = .53). Looking more closely at... Read More
Pew recently released a report entitled "Attitudes about aging: A global perspective". The following table shows the percentage of survey respondents in each country who identified the graying of their countries as a "major problem": East Asia is concerned because it needs to be--especially Japan--and also because it's East Asia. Americans, in contrast, are blithely... Read More
Ed West doesn't think many Europeans would, if the prospect of military action between Russia and the West was actualized, be willing to fight for the EU. I suspect it would be a moot point because the US would end up providing the lion's share of the 'Allied' forces, but his sentiment seems about right.... Read More
Staffan wrote: The following table shows the percentages, by ethnicity, of atheists or agnostics among GSS respondents from 2000 onward among groups with at least 50 respondents (and most samples are far larger than that): Ethnicity A/A% 1. Chinese 24.3 2. Russian 13.2 3. French 12.8 4. Other Asian 12.1 5. Scottish 11.3 6. English/Welsh... Read More
Over the last few years, the indefatigable chickadee has been telling a story about the marriage (heh) between outbreeding and modernity. In fairness to her, the approach she takes is informational, not polemical, and that conclusion is mine, not (necessarily) her's. But it's difficult not to come to that pithy conclusion regardless.My childish infatuation with the... Read More
With a victorious--if only symbolic, temporary, and ultimately futile--stand against amnesty looking to be secured thanks to the majority of Republicans in the House, the only part of the federal government I still have any hope at all in (and that hope is shaky to say the least), let's take a look at international sentiments... Read More
Writing at Secular Right, Andrew Stuttaford quotes Barack Obama on Indonesia:When evaluating flattering fluff like this, my instinct is to try and quantifiably evaluate how much truth, if any, it contains. When the subject is international in scope, the World Values Survey, imperfect and eccentric though it may be, is one of the best places... Read More
As an addendum to Half Sigma's paean to Japan, a reason I'm a favorably inclined comes from the WVS. The fifth and most recent wave includes a question querying respondents on how they feel about their respective countries providing foreign aid. Specifics aren't given, and the amount is simply .1% of each respective country's "national income"... Read More
Moved by data rather than doctrine, Inductivist listed the percentages of respondents in the World Values Survey who said "wanting to get rich" sounded either "very much like me" or "like me" by country. Despite the putative obsession Americans have with money, the US ranks 41st out of 52 countries when it comes to (admitting... Read More
Expanding on the idea from a previous post showing that America's Religious Right is more permissive than moderate Muslims throughout the Islamic world are, I'll take a stab at sorting countries by attitudes on social issues. The formula is simple. The WVS asks a series of questions on the justifiability of several different actions and... Read More
Addressing the oft made assertion (or at least insinuation) "that conservative American Protestants are roughly equivalent with conservative Muslims", Razib tapped the World Values Survey to compare the positions of conservative Protestants in the US with those of Muslims in predominately Islamic countries on some representative social issues. He presents a table that shows all... Read More
In addition to gauging how the shift in perceptions among American youth over the last few decades, Steve Sailer's post concerning an increase in nationalism among young Israelis prodded me to look at the WVS to see how the attitudes of young people in other countries have changed over time. In both the second (1990-1991)... Read More
As I was perusing WVS responses to questions about who constitutes an undesirable neighbor, the aversion to Gypsies among those in the five countries where the specific question was asked jumped out at me. Nearly 7 in 8 Italians said they wouldn't want to live near them. Nearly half of those in Spain and Slovenia... Read More
In the comments to a previous post looking at changes in positions on social behaviors over time across several countries participating in the WVS, Ed Tom Kowalsky wrote:I thought we'd be 2 for 4, but it turns out the question on immigration policy wasn't asked in the survey's earlier years, so religion is the only... Read More
A recent episode of NPR's Talk of the Nation focused on the consequences of the "Arab Spring" one year out. In response to a caller's question about how the overthrow of ruling regimes has affected women's rights, a correspondent in Egypt replies:For one, the "women who were involved in the revolution" don't appear to have... Read More
Thinking about Razib's post at Discover magazine and then responding to Razib's subsequent comments on the same, Parapundit's Randall Parker wonders how stable social values are across countries:There are changes in wording in most of the survey questions by wave (that is, years in which surveys were conducted), but there is quite a bit of... Read More
I don't tap into the World Values Survey nearly as often as I'd ideally like to because it's more difficult to trust than the GSS is. Sometimes the problems are apparently just coding errors, but often the issues involve representative sampling (or the lack thereof), confusion in translation, or something else. Exacerbating this challenge, it's... 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
In the discussion thread of a recent Parapundit post, commenter Dragon Horse argues high sub-Sahara African fertility is the result of men wanting large broods:Having not read the book, I cannot respond to what the authors write. It is not clear that the second sentence excerpted above is asserted by the authors or if Dragon... Read More
Ladies, if a guy tells you he wants to marry you and move to Slovenia because it's scenic, low-cost living in Europe, be suspicious.The World Values Survey (WVS) asked participants in 49 countries about the justifiability of a man beating his wife. In Slovenia, 82.4% responded that it is "always justifiable"--far and away the nation... Read More