Sunday, January 01, 2012

Capitalist whites, socialist blacks, libertarian youths

Martin Luther King, Jr. is reported to have said the following in a speech to staff members in 1966:
We are saying that something is wrong ... with capitalism ... There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.
Nearly half a century later, that dream still appears to live on in the hearts and minds of a majority of America's black population.

The source of this assertion comes from Pew's recently released report on word associations. The invaluable organization often (though not always!) goes where other polling and survey organizations--even those putatively on the right--refuse to go. Pew breaks down responses by race and ethnicity, among other things. The following table shows the percentages of participants, by race, who have positive and negative reactions to the term "socialism". The fourth column shows net favorability, computed by simply taking the positive reaction percentages and subtracting from them the negative reaction percentages:

SocialismPosNegNet
Whites24%68%(44)
Blacks55%36%+19
Hispanics44%49%(5)

While a slight plurality of Hispanics are averse to socialism, likely stemming from having had some experience with it if not first-hand then vicariously through relatives in Central and South America, they are not positively disposed towards capitalism, either. The same table, this time for the term "capitalism":

CapitalismPosNegNet
Whites55%35%+20
Blacks41%51%(10)
Hispanics
32%55%(23)

How widely known is it that black feelings towards socialism mirror white feelings towards capitalism, and that a majority of blacks both react positively to the idea of socialism and react negatively to the idea of capitalism? Can Steve Innskeep handle the truth?

I'd love to hear a free market open borders leftist like Thomas Friedman challenged on how he squares the Hispanic preference for socialism over capitalism with the claim that the US should open its borders "as wide as possible".

Even the Occupy Wall Street movement, which, despite claiming to represent the 99%, is comprised almost entirely of whites (who only constitute 63% of the US' population and a mere 15% or so of the world's), is less inclined towards socialism than either blacks or Hispanics are, with 39% of those who support the movement expressing positive feelings towards socialism while 52% of OWS supporters react negatively towards it.

The Pew report should also help direct the attacks of mainstream radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity towards a new target. "Liberal" has been beaten to death to such an extent that it only carries positive connotations with it in the minds of half (50%) of the population, compared to "conservative" (62%) and the new target, "progressive" (67%). Even among Republicans a majority (55%) is favorably inclined towards the term "progressive". Time for the ditto heads to get to work!

Parenthetically, Hispanics express warmer feelings (67%) towards "liberal" than whites (45%) or even blacks (54%) do, another blatantly obvious reason for the Republican Establishment to keep clamoring for amnesty and open borders!

To the extent that the GOP will be able to bring younger Americans into that 'big tent' Republican pols are always blathering on about, it will be by way of their libertarian (read Ron Paul), not neocon, ideas. The following table shows the percentages who elicit positive and negative feelings towards the term "libertarian" by age group, with the fourth column showing net favorability, computed by simply taking the positive reaction percentages and subtracting from them the negative reaction percentages:

LibertarianPosNegNet
18-2950%28%+22
30-4941%35%+6
50-6435%43%(8)
65+25%43%(18)


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd love to hear a free market open borders leftist like Thomas Friedman challenged on how he squares the Hispanic preference for socialism over capitalism with the claim that the US should open its borders "as wide as possible".


I've noticed that implicit (and sometimes explicit) in the open-borders camp belief system is the idea that what "the masses" think should not matter.

Basically, they are believers in some sort of oligarchy. In their view of things the entire current population of the US (minus themselves of course) could be replaced with 300 million Chinese or Indians and nothing of any consequence would have changed.

Friedman would say that it is irrelevant what Hispanics think about socialism, because in his view all real political power is (or should be) concentrated in the hands of a small elite.

Anonymous said...

People of COlour have children

white people d not.

also white women are increasingly havingchildren with Men of Colur

white society and institutiuons including capitalism will soon vanish

Equo Ne Credite (Do Not Trust the Horse) said...

Yeah, the Republicans are wasting their time if they think that moving to the left is going to win them any Hispanic voters to a meaningful degree. For every Hispanic voter they pick up by moving to the left, they lose even more paleoconservative voters. The paleoconservatives are not like the Blacks, who pretty much vote Democratic no matter what; rather, the paleoconservatives are likely to not even bother voting when the GOP so brazenly abandons its core principles.