Monday, October 02, 2006

The Bell Curve has not convinced the American public

Since 1977, the General Social Survey has asked Americans if the lower economic status of blacks is due to inherited differences. The lower line on the graph above shows that the percent of whites who answer "yes" has gone from few to fewer. Twenty-six percent thought genes were the answer in 1977, and that number fell to only 10% by 1996. Following the publication of the Murray and Herrnstein's book, the genetic view rose slightly, peaking in 2000 at 12%, but by 2004 (the latest year available) it hit an all-time low of 7.7%. The popular assumption that race does not matter continues.


  1. Anonymous2:10 PM

    What percentage of respondents lied to the pollster? That is a thoughtcrime question, and I would expect a high proportion of false responses.

  2. Yes, fear of thought crime violation has steadily risen.

  3. perroazul del norte8:59 AM

    Let me chime in. Thought crime violations can not only ruin your career and bring about social ostracism, but, if you utter forbidden words during a dustup with a non-white,hate-crime enhancements can get you the equivalent of a murder sentence for the crime of assault.

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