Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Most Americans know God exists, but most journalists do not

Twitter user tcjfs, who I am reliably informed is someone with enormous potential:


Never one to pass up on an opportunity to share from one of the most underutilized social science tools at our disposal, allow me to report what the GSS has to say on tcjfs' observation. The theistic orientation of journalists (and authors, as they share an ISCO classification) and that of the rest of the American population:


The sample size for journalists is only 101 (and 21,090 for the rest of the population). Tcjfs presumably had in mind prominent journalists on the national stage, not the local guy writing stories for the Morris county paper. The point is well taken.

GSS variables used: GOD(1-2)(3-5)(6), ISCO88(1-2450,2452-9999)(2451)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Journalists, like most in this world, are selected not self selected.

Someone who is hired to report news is selected by someone else. And that someone else wants more secular people. So even if those who apply for journalism jobs believe at the same rate as the general population, those selected do not.