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Intelligence, politics & religion

My posts below on IQ, politics & religion resulted in a fair amount of blogospheric response, and weird comments. A few quick points 1) I think results on standardized tests are informative and correlate reasonably with a host of life outcomes. If you don’t think they do, that’s fine, I don’t particularly care. But just…

The rise of the irreligious Left

Barry Kosmin at CUNY has published the results of three surveys of American religion since 1990. These “American Religious Identification Surveys” (ARIS) were done in 1990, another in 2001, and finally in 2008. One of the major findings of the ARIS has been the rise of those who avow “No Religion”. Looking through the data…

Megan McArdle has a post up where she follows up on her disgust with home owners who “walk away” from their mortgage obligations when they can continue to pay them. In California, and many other states, the bank can’t come after you if you walk away, so if your home is “underwater” then it is…

I post some data analysis over at my other weblog. For example, today I looked at the relationship between food stamp usage and unemployment. The Census makes a lot of county-level data available, though it’s often slapdash and disorganized. But using R I’ve constructed many data sets including most American counties. I don’t post here…

The Dark Matter of American History

In the comments below, vanya states: But razib, upstate New York is not New England. I’ve never heard of “Greater New England.” As a kid in New Hampshire I always understood that New England was superior to New York state, which was mostly a nest of Dutchmen and Tories in 1776 anyway. I never heard…

The wealth of politicians

Open Secrets has data on members of the House and Senate in relation to their net worth. Here are some descriptive statistics: Democrats & Republicans: 25th percentile = $228,006 Median = $791,004 75thth percentile = $2,962,519 Mean = $6,438,210 Republicans: 25th percentile = $269,007 Median = $999,381 75thth percentile = $3,421,512 Mean = $6,010,456 Democrats:…

Tracing the tribes of American politics

John Emerson points me to some interesting data crunching over at Open Left. The diarist, “dreaminonempty,” is analyzing the past few years’ election results against demographic variables. What’s there not to like? Though I do think the perspective is a bit too The Emerging Democratic Majority. Yes, it does look like the Republicans, as a…

I stumbled onto a fascinating working paper today (via the sagacious Andrew Gelman), All Together Now: Putting Congress, State Legislatures, and Individuals in a Common Ideological Space. It uses the NPAT survey of political opinions to construct an ideological scale (as opposed to self-reports). This is a wide ranging piece of proto-scholarship, with a lot…

A question below: I’m curious about the demographics of this category, specifically their geographic distribution, religion and ethnicity. First, I limited the sample to whites to remove confounds of ethnicity. Interestingly, in the GSS in the period between 1998-2008 24% of black Democrats/lean Democrats considered themselves conservatives, as opposed to 18% of whites. This surprised…

Question below about the details of what conservative Democrats or liberal Republicans might believe, etc. I decided to look for a few questions. I removed Independents because their sample sizes are a bit smaller. I clustered all those with socioeconomic status 17-47 as “Low” and those from 47-98 as “High.” Again, I limited the sample…