Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Intelligence of black Republicans, Democrats compared

A handy, brief synopsis of the US Supreme Court's 08-09 session that places the nine Justices on a political spectrum with Clarence Thomas as the most conservative on the bench makes me wonder whether or not black Republicans are cognitively a cut above the mass of their Democratic co-racialists.

The only black Republicans I've met who have made known their party membership to me are a handful of pious Baptists and a tree trunk of a man who played Rudy Giuliani in a mock primary debate in front of a local conservative booster organization back in January of '08 (I was Ron Paul). Yet I am hardly able to name three or four--let alone the 15 or so needed for proportionate representation--major black media figures on the political left for every one on the right. Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Armstrong Williams, Condoleeza Rice, JC Watts, Walter Williams, Michael Steele, Alan Keyes, just off the top of my head. Good luck naming 100 prominent black Democrats to match!

Does the the larger US black population exhibit the a similar skew toward Republicans? No, not according to the GSS. Converting Wordsum results into IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15 and on the presumption that the white mean is equivalent to a 100 yields 87.8 for black Republicans and 92.5 for black Democrats.

As Michael Steele's selection as head of the RNC and the choice of Bobby Jindal to deliver the GOP's first major televised rebuttal to the Obama administration lead many to suspect, being non-white does not appear to hinder political and punditry aspirants of a conservative bent. The GOP is a white party not because it intentionally screens out non-whites, but because most NAMs do not stand to benefit from the things it putatively stands for.

GSS variables used: RACECEN1(2), PARTYID(0-2)(4-6), WORDSUM, YEAR(2000-2008)

8 comments:

The Undiscovered Jew said...

Speaking of SCOTUS, you should do a GSS analysis to determine if high IQ, white Roman Catholics are more likely to be Republican.

In the case of the Supreme Court, there will be 6 Roman Catholics on the court when Sotomayor has been confirmed, with 5 of them conservative or conservative leaning.

There have only been 12 Catholic Justices in American history and Sotomayor will be the 13th Catholic.

(Only 5 Justices in US history have been Jewish.)

The Undiscovered Jew said...

Ok, I checked the GSS.

White Catholics with WORDSUM scores 7 or higher favored Bush by 56-42%. All white Catholics favored Bush by 57-40%, so there appears to be no big difference in voting patterns between high IQ white Catholics and white Catholics as a whole.

This information would no doubt have made Bill Buckley proud of his coreligionists.

Audacious Epigone said...

TUJ,

From 2000-2008, the average IQ (from Wordsum scores working under the assumption that the mean white score is the equivalent of an IQ of 100, SD of 15) for white Catholics:

Democrat -- 99.6
Independent -- 95.0
Republican -- 101.6

Marginal difference. As always, independents/moderates are a couple notches below those who are politically/ideologically committed.

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The Undiscovered Jew said...

TUJ,

From 2000-2008, the average IQ (from Wordsum scores working under the assumption that the mean white score is the equivalent of an IQ of 100, SD of 15) for white Catholics:

Democrat -- 99.6
Independent -- 95.0
Republican -- 101.6

Marginal difference. As always, independents/moderates are a couple notches below those who are politically/ideologically committed
.

Interesting.

Are white Catholics, such as Robert P George of Princeton, overrepresented among conservative pundits and intellectuals compared to leftist intellectuals?

I remember reading somewhere about how Murray Rothbard was amazed at how many Roman Catholics there were in WFBuckley's conservative intellectual revolution of the 1950's and 1960's and how few WASPs were involved in conservative punditry.

Rothbard was shocked because the GOP had traditionally been the party of the Northern WASP elite before the 1960's, while the Democrats were the party of the ethnic white and the Southern white working class.

Audacious Epigone said...

TUJ,

Interesting speculation. Pat Buchanan, and on the less high-brow side, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham (although I think she converted) are major conservative Catholics.

Anon,

She never got over the age issue. Her line is that in the future she wants something serious, but not now. I realized after a few more days that I wasn't getting past that, so now I'm keeping a line open, but it's out-of-sight, out-of-mind. I still see her as ideal wife material, and if the opportunity does arise down the road, I'll jump on it. But emotionally I've moved on (as I always do in very short order--my 'romantic' feelings don't ever have much durability).

The Undiscovered Jew said...

Interesting speculation. Pat Buchanan, and on the less high-brow side, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham (although I think she converted) are major conservative Catholics.

Robert Novak (who unfortunately is dying of brain cancer) years before his cancer diagnosis converted to RC and George W Bush is rumoured to be considering it.

Tony Blair has converted and European elites are more likely to be practicing Catholics than the generally secular European population overall.

Perhaps high IQ American conservatives are attracted to the great intellectual depth and history of the Church, a history that easily dwarfs any Protestant sect?

rob said...

AP, what percent of GSS blacks were Republicans, and was was black Republican IQ normally distributed?

If it was more than 5-10% and a big low IQ hump, I'd guess black Republican IQ was dragged down by the small fraction of people who take a survey but are too dim to answer correctly.