Friday, November 4, 2016

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most bigoted of us all?

Hmmm. From It’s harder for Clinton supporters to respect Trump backers than vice versa by John Gramlich. The findings represent something of a challenge to Althouse's Rule:
I've said it before, and I must repeat, the rule is: If you do scientific research into the differences between men and women, you must portray whatever you find to be true of women as superior. And when you read reports about scientific research into the differences between men and women, use the hypothesis that the scientists are following that rule.
Pew finds that Trump supporters find it easier to respect their opponents than do Clinton supporters. Very consistent with Jonathan Haidt's Moral Foundations Theory.
Progressives are particularly sensitive to the Care foundation, libertarians to the Liberty foundation, and conservatives roughly equally sensitive to all six foundations. According to Haidt, this has significant implications for political discourse and relations. Because members of two political camps are to a degree blind to one or more of the moral foundations of the others, they may perceive morally-driven words or behavior as having another basis—at best self-interested, at worst evil, and thus demonize one another. Further research has shown that while members of all ideological camps have difficulty understanding others, conservatives are measurably better at understanding the point of view of progressives than vice versa, presumably because conservatives operate in a six-dimensional moral matrix that contains all of the progressives’ dimensions.
What Pew is finding is that indeed Liberals are more intolerant than Conservatives.

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Which demographic is by far the most intolerant of those with whom they disagree? College educated white women.

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Just anecdotally, that seems to match with the demographics which I see in news clips of campus protests, disruptors at speaking events, letters to the editor, etc. Interesting to see it born out in data.

UPDATE: Reminds me of this earlier post, It's just this war and that lying son of a bitch Johnson

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