American needs smart people, especially those who excel in science. We also need people who believe in core American values, and I think perhaps the best single General Social Survey question to measure this asks respondents if they feel that someone who believes in racial inferiority should be allowed to give a public speech on the topic. Denying this right to people, in my opinion, is the type of behavior that belongs somewhere else, not America.
To capture which groups score highest on the above qualities, I created a scale that sums measures of IQ, basic scientific knowledge, and favoring free speech. Here are the mean scores for any ethnic group with at least 10 respondents (sample size = 985):
Mean desirability score
Total US 19.61
American Indian 19.07
Asian Indian 17.42
Puerto Rican 16.17
Russians score the highest, and northern Europeans, in general, do well. Southern Europeans and non-whites tend to do poorly. The gap between Russians and Mexicans is 1 1/2 standard deviations -- an enormous difference. (I included immigrants to maximize sample size, but rankings don't change much if I exclude them. The Chinese and Mexicans rise a little.)
If the US had a rational immigration policy, we would be growing the top groups. The country, however, desperately blinds itself to these kinds of facts, so we are growing the bottom instead.
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