Intriguing Social Science Result of the Day


Glenn Loury by way of Henry Farrell:

. Before 1965, public attitudes on the welfare state and on race, as measured by the annually administered General Social Survey, varied year to year independently of one another: you could not predict much about a person€™s attitudes on welfare politics by knowing their attitudes about race. After 1965, the attitudes moved in tandem, as welfare came to be seen as a race issue. Indeed, the year-to-year correlation between an index measuring liberalism of racial attitudes and attitudes toward the welfare state over the interval 1950€“1965 was .03. These same two series had a correlation of .68 over the period 1966€“1996.

I’ll have more to say on this later.