Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Mexican Americans are least politically active

GSS respondents were asked if they have ever attended a political meeting or rally. Here are those who answered yes by ethnicity (sample size = 1,146):

Percent ever attending political meeting or rally

Jewish 52.7
Asian Indian 45.5
English/Welsh 44.6
German 37.9
Irish Protestant 36.6
Irish Catholic 34.4

All Americans 33.6

Scottish 32.1
Amerindian 27.9
Black 25.4
Muslim 25.0
Italian 15.0
Mexican 14.9

Jews and Asian Indians--two smart and economically successful groups--are the most politically active, while Italian and Mexican Americans are at the bottom. Historically, these two groups have been apathetic about politics. Notice how American Muslims are low on the list. Currently, they don't seem to be very political.


  1. Is their a breakout category for Middle Easterners? My understanding is that most Arabs in the US are Christian, and I assume more economically successful/higher IQ than their Muslim counterparts. Which seems to be the reason Arab populations are much less a social problem in the US than Europe.

  2. Saint Louis11:28 AM

    "Notice how American Muslims are low on the list. Currently, they don't seem to be very political."

    Let's hope it stays that way.

  3. DR: "Arab" is one option for the ethnicity question, but there are very few of them in the sample.

  4. Notice how American Muslims are low on the list. Currently, they don't seem to be very political.

    Would Muslims of Indian descent be under the (politically active) Asian Indian category or the (inactive) Muslim category? Remember that a substantial proportion of Indian immigrants are Muslim. IINM it's something like one-quarter.

  5. Good list. Usually there is one big outlier where you figure the respondents didn't understand the question properly, but this one confirms all stereotypes!

  6. Anonymous3:30 PM

    Irish Protestant 36.6
    Irish Catholic 34.4

    There are section of the HBD right which regard Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics as practically two different species, but the real world differences between them seem to be negligible.

  7. Anonymous7:48 AM

    I've sure you get asked this all the time, but what statistics software do you use to examine the GSS data?

  8. Follow my GSS link, and you'll see how it works.

  9. Anonymous6:58 AM


  10. Once Muslims become large enough in number to sway electoral outcomes they'll become a lot more active.

  11. Anonymous4:56 PM

    How does that compare to the fraction of their population with an IQ of 115 or higher?

    For Jews it looks like the fraction who have ever attended a political meeting is roughly equivalent to the proportion with IQ over 115.


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