Study Claims: American Majority Dislikes PC Culture

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The group 'More in Common' has presented a study "Hidden Tribes: A Study of America's Polarized Landscape", which they claim proves that the vast majority of Americans can agree that political correctness is a problem.

According to a report in The Atlantic, the sample used in the study was a "nationally representative poll with 8,000 respondents, 30 one-hour interviews, and six focus groups conducted from December 2017 to September 2018." 

Among the report's findings:

25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an 'exhausted majority.' Their members 'share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.'

Most members of the 'exhausted majority,' and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.' Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.

Interestingly enough, an unexpected (yet believable) outcome is that the higher one's income and education level, the more likely one supports political correctness. This would support many conservatives' suspicions about the biases present in elite academia. 

While 83% of respondents who make less than $50,000 dislike political correctness, just 70% of those who make more than $100,000 are skeptical about it.

What is more predictable was the finding that political leanings are correlated with one's stance on political-correctness. Among people who are strongly conservative, a whopping 97% of them believe political-correctness to be a serious problem. Among traditional liberals, however, significantly less people feel this way, amounting to 61%. Among far-left progressive activists, most predictably, only 30% of them see political-correctness as an issue. 

According to this study's findings, these progressive activists most likely to support political-correctness tend to be,

"...rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are."

The study proposes a more nuanced consensus on how the American majority feels, "They abhor racism. But they don’t think that the way we now practice political correctness represents a promising way to overcome racial injustice."

 

 

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