Thursday, April 28, 2011

Predictors of closeness to whites among whites

GSS respondents were asked how close do they feel toward whites. Limiting the analysis whites, I regressed the answers onto a list of predictors. Here are the results (sample size = 2,806):

Standardized OLS coefficients

Female .09*
Age -.03*
South -.02
Size of place .02
Education .02
Income .05*
IQ -.07*
Church Attendance .08*
Jewish .01
Conservatism .00

*statistically significant

Much of this surprises me. Being from the South or a small town is unrelated to liking whites. So is years of education or level of conservatism. Jews like whites better than others at the bivariate level, but the relationship becomes non-significant in the multivariate analysis.

What predicts greater closeness to whites is: being female, being younger, having more income, being less intelligent, and more church attendance. The gender finding replicates other research that has found that women have more race affection than men. Who would have guessed that younger people feel more affection for whites than their elders?

Although all of the predictors are weak, gender, religiosity, and IQ are comparatively the strongest. Why am I not surprised that smart people like whites less? IQ exerts an effect while education does not. Interesting.


  1. "Who would have guessed that younger people feel more affection for whites than their elders?"

    Are we starting to see the impact of church going, race concious people out-breeding their rivals?

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  3. Anonymous8:37 AM

    Whiskey could not be reached for comment ....

  4. Anonymous12:39 AM

    There might be some multicollinearity (I think that's the right term; I haven't studied statistics in years) in that - median female IQ is lower than for men, so anything positively correlated with women is going to be negatively correlated with IQ.

    Of course with those weak regression coefficients, any such effect might be lost in the noise.

  5. The sex-IQ correlation is too low to be collinear. There is some collinearity, however, among IQ, education, and income.


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