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Ain’t that special?

August 4, 2014

It doesn’t surprise me that state legislators who support voter ID laws are much more likely to ignore an individual’s letter asking a question about voting mechanics, if it came from Santiago Rodriguez than if it came from Jacob Smith. Neatly done experiment.

Pew recently released a survey on political polarization. It has some tantalizing data, including strong differences between liberals and conservatives on where they want to live. But this stands out:

About a quarter (23%) of consistent conservatives, along with 19% of those who are mostly conservative, say they’d be unhappy with a family member’s marriage to someone of a different race. Most conservatives (77%) say it wouldn’t matter or they would be happy about this. By comparison, just 1% of consistent liberals and 4% of those who are mostly liberal say they would be unhappy if a relative marries someone of a different race.

I wish the survey had other questions on how participants perceive racism in the US. How many of those 23% are among those who would say it has disappeared?

Notre Dame sociologists have published a study linking Tea Party support with living in educationally segregated neighborhoods. According to lead author Rory McVeigh: “Acceptance or rejection of the Tea Party’s views on the government’s role in redistributing wealth is shaped, to a large degree, by the extent to which those who have benefited from higher education [college] are set apart in their daily lives from those who have not.”

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