Saturday, May 31, 2008

Jewish men are the least kindhearted: In the last post, I was interested in bitchy women. This time let's do kind men. The General Social Survey asked 1,079 males if they were soft-hearted. I calculated the means for each ethnic group with at least 20 respondents, and listed them below:

Mean soft-heartedness score

Puerto Rican 4.35
Scottish 4.10
English/Welsh 4.08
French 4.00
American Indian 3.98
Mexican 3.94

All American men 3.92

Italian 3.89
German 3.86
Irish 3.85
Blacks 3.63
Jewish 3.55

Overall SD 1.08

There weren't enough cases of Puerto Rican women in the last post to include them, but they did have a high kindness score, just like the men here. Black men, like their female counterparts, are not nice, but the most interesting finding to me is Jewish men. Hollywood, for example, tends to portray Jewish guys as sensitive, Woody Allen being a great cartoonish example. But they are clearly the meanest bunch, according to these data. Perhaps Michael Savage is more representative. The distance between them and Puerto Rican men is three-fourths of a standard deviation--a large difference.


  1. Anonymous8:21 PM

    Any data on length of courtship? I am thinking that the more effort people put into making a marriage work, the longer the marriage will last.

  2. Anonymous9:27 PM

    Having lived in Connecticut and now New York I've known plenty of Puerto Rican men, and by and large they don't seem particularly soft-hearted. They tend to be quite ... excitable, more so than any group except for the hyper-excitable Albanians.

  3. Anonymous12:00 PM

    The Hollywood-promoted stereotype may be that Jewish men are kind and friendly, but the bottom-up stereotype has always been that Jewish people are loud and argumentative.

  4. Anonymous4:36 PM

    A list of nationalities with one religion tagged on the end. Or do you mean Israeli instead of Jewish?

    Apples and oranges.

  5. stephen: These are all American men of various ethnic backgrounds. Jewish is a ethno-religious category.

  6. Anonymous5:50 PM

    I'm kind of surprised the English did so well...always thought they were supposed to be frosty and have stiff upper lips and all that...

  7. Anonymous12:03 PM

    Whether people are soft-hearted is not the same as whether people consider themselves soft-hearted.

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