General Social Survey respondents were asked to estimate the percent change in population of various ethnic groups over the next 25 years (e.g., Hispanics, Asians). Then they were asked: "When you think about these changes in the racial and ethnic make-up of the country in the next 25 years, do you think they will be a very good thing for the country (1), a good thing (2), neither good nor bad (3), a bad thing (4), or a very bad thing (5)?" The numbers are the scores assigned to each answer. Here are the means by the ethnic group the respondent belongs to:
Mean "ethnic change will be bad" score (N = 1,318)
All Americans 2.94
Puerto Rican 2.45
Asian Indian 2.20
I'm not surprised. Whites have higher means, while non-whites tend to think change will be good for the country. The difference between Americans of Scottish descent and Asian Indians is 1.15 standard deviations--a very large difference.
Here are some correlates for whites :
Correlation with "ethnic change is bad" score
Church attendance -.01
So older, less educated, and more conservative whites are more likely to think that ethnic change will be bad for the country.
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