This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

March 12, 2009

“We’re a complicated country, and we have complicated politics.”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — pprscribe @ 8:58 am

Real data plotted by Nate Silver reveals that

The correlation between the fraction of conservatives and the fraction of liberals agreeing to a given question is essentially zero.

Is this surprising? Perhaps. If conservatives and liberals had fundamental disagreements on most major political questions, you’d expect to see a statistically significant inverse correlation in their responses. But you don’t see that. Conversely, if they agreed on most of these fundamental questions, with the differences being only around the periphery, you’d expect to see a statistically significant positive correlation in their responses. But you don’t really see that either.

What this means basically is that people who identify as conservative and those who identify as liberal agree sometimes and disagree other times, and the (non-)pattern of this agreement/disagreement is not linked to their identification as conservatives or liberals.

Meanwhile, additional (fake) data plotted by PPR_Scribe at GraphJam:

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