Thursday, February 28, 2013

Counting blue gods

Like children often do, I have many questions. To the GSS I say, "Tell me all your thoughts on God". The following graphs show the percentage distributions for four categories of theistic belief across a host of usual-suspect variables. For contemporary relevance, all results are from 2000 onward. By race:

By sex:

 By political orientation:
By partisan affiliation:

By community type at the age of 16:

By social class:

By age range:

By intelligence*:

By educational attainment:

The quintessential atheist is a high IQ, upper class, urban, white (or Asian), young, liberal Democratic guy with a doctorate. Firm belief is pretty much the norm across the board and a plurality just about anyway one broadly slices it, but the further one moves away from the quintessential atheist, the more theistic things become.

GSS variables used: GOD(1)(2)(3-5)(6), RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10)(15-16), SEX(1)(2), POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7), PARTYID(0-2)(3)(4-6), RES16(1-2)(3-4)(5-6), CLASS, AGE(18-29)(30-44)(45-64)(65-89), -WORDSUM(0-3)(4-5)(6)(7-8)(9-10), EDUC(0-11)(12)(13-15)(16-17)(18-20), YEAR(2000-2010)

* For intelligence, respondents are broken up into five categories that come to roughly resemble a normal distribution; Really Smarts (wordsum score of 9-10, comprising 13% of the population), Pretty Smarts (7-8, 26%), Normals (6, 22%), Pretty Dumbs (4-5, 27%), and Real Dumbs (0-3, 12%).


Aeoli Pera said...

In light of Steve Sailer's publication of Teh Most Best Infogarphic Evarr, would you be willing to do a similar post on marriage, fertility, and happiness?

Noah172 said...

The quintessential atheist is a high IQ, upper class, urban, white (or Asian), young, liberal Democratic guy with a doctorate.

Sounds pretty "Scots-Irish" (in the Sailer/Whiskey sense, wink, wink) to me. And, indeed, secularism/atheism/"none"-ism reigns supreme among that group.

JayMan said...

Excellent stuff! This is will be a useful reference.

Pretty much falls as I'd expect. The rather large "uncertain believer" category often gets lumped in with actual atheist/agnostics to artificially inflate the numbers of the irreligious. I suspect a lot of those are Charles Murray's non-Church attenders, people who are lackadaisical about religion rather than have a principled stand of disbelief like proper atheists/agnostics.

Son of Brock Landers said...

If you were to filter this or shake it out, what is the pie chart for white liberals vs. white conservatives? Considering their voting coalitions, my thought is the whites who are libs pie chart looks rather more atheist than other charts.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I linked to this post and commented on it over at my site.

Anonymous said...

Theistic belief and vocabulary are pretty crude measures, wordsum supposedly correlates 0.7 to adult IQ.

There was a study in 2011 from University of Edinburgh that measured several aspects of religion and used a composite intelligence test. Unfortunately it has been largely ignored in media.

It found that measures of religiousness correlated very little with intelligence. Most surprisingly, Christian fundamentalism correlated only -0.13.