osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,
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Fantastic new study on attitudes of white working class

This survey by the Public Religion Research Institute has lots of very useful information on the attitudes of the "white working class" (defined as those without college degrees who work in salaried jobs)

Beyond God and Guns: Understanding the Complexities of the White Working Class
http://publicreligion.org/research/2012/09/race-class-culture-survey-2012/

And here is a good article on Media Matters describing the results.
http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/beyond-god-and-guns-why-gop-may-lose-white-working-class?page=0%2C0&akid=9427.1085969.6GJ_Y5&rd=1&src=newsletter714105&t=1

To summarize briefly:

1. Older white southern men are essentially their own demographic with regard to their opinions. On a number of critical questions, the percentages change dramatically if you take out this category.

2. On a number of questions, region, age and sex are more determinative than economic class.

3. I find the reason for the extremely high belief that the government spends too much time worrying about minorities completely understandable, despite the lack of any evidence to support it. Hey, the money must be going *somewhere* right? Since the system is totally rigged against me, it _must_ be going to 'them.' Add to this the fact that the mere existence of a program to help minorities is resented by some because it automatically excludes them. (I have seen folks get pissed about how lucky the handicapped are that they can get better parking.)
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