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1/n Two interesting findings thus far from my analysis of Pew's March 2020 COVID-19 survey. First, white (and especially 'very') liberals are far more likely than all other ideological-racial subgroups to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition. Image
2/n Somewhat surprisingly, this difference further grows when we add standard controls Image
3/n We next turn to mean responses to this battery, which asks about the frequency at which respondents experienced specific mental health issues over the previous 7 days Image
4/n The differences are more modest here, but still significant ImageImage
5/n They are also robust to several potential confounds (e.g. job loss, pay-cuts, marital status) Image
6/n However, entering the 'mental health diagnosis' variable into the model does (perhaps naturally) narrow the difference. Image
7/n In other words, at least some of the differences in the covid-mental health battery between white liberals and others are accounted for by the former's higher likelihood of being diagnosed with a mental health condition.
8/n It's possible that the disparities in self-reported diagnosis are simply or partly a function of white liberals being more likely to seek mental health evaluations. I don't have the data to answer this question. But given that they also tend to score higher on neuroticism..
9/n (and, not to mention, score lower on life satisfaction/happiness), I think at least some of this difference is genuine.
10/n I didn't write this thread to mock white liberals or their apparently disproportionate rates of mental illness (and you shouldn't either). Rather, this is a question that's underexplored and which may shed light on attitudinal differences towards various social policies.
11/n Overall, and with one exception (white moderates), those in 18-29 age group are more likely to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition. The differences among white liberals, though, are striking: almost half of white liberals in this cohort report a diagnosis. Image
12/n @jean_twenge would like to get your thoughts on this. I know you've studied some of these trends.
13/n Big 5 personality profiles for white libs who report/don't report receiving a mental health condition diagnosis. Image
14/n One of the things that concern me about liberal social engineering and norm-promotion efforts is that they ostensibly cater to those who are emotionally fragile or those with specific personality profiles. Those with different personality profiles or have higher emotional..
15/n stability are just expected to shut up and deal with it.
16/n Some of you asked for it, so here is the last chart broken down by gender. Biggest gap within age x ideological groups is between white liberal men (33.6%) and women (56.3%) in the 18-29 category Image
17/n Link to original dataset…

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1/Strange. Palestinian Christians face the same oppressive occupation as their Muslim peers, and yet they are consistently vastly less likely to support acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians. Such a mystery. Image
2/2 Socioeconomic, geographic, and other demographic variables hardly explain the difference. Again, such a mystery. Wonder what it could be. Image
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1/ I'm thrilled to release my latest @ManhattanInst report, which presents findings from the most comprehensive study to date of public perceptual accuracy with respect to the prevalence and racial distribution of police use of force…
2/Until now, pretty much the only data we had on this topic was a 2021 @SkepResCenter survey, which featured a question that asked people to estimate the number of unarmed black men killed by police + the black share of deaths by police in 2019.
@SkepResCenter 3/ The current study goes MUCH further. It not only assesses the accuracy of people's perceptions of the overall prevalence of police use of lethal force and racial disparities therein, but also measures perceptual accuracy as it relates to (among other phenomena)..
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Jul 14
1/ Similarly (and relatedly), while there are a few widening sex differences among 12th-graders on measures of depression, self-esteem, life satisfaction, self-derogation, and loneliness...
2/ ...the increasing ideological differences on these measures are far larger and more numerous Image
3/ To make this even clearer (and because many of these indicators were split-form/answered by sample subsets), I use Stimson's Dyadic Ratios algorithm (essentially a factor analysis of time series that adjusts for temporal interruptions between measures) to combine all of the..
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Mar 3
1/ Update of an earlier/2020 thread () with additional data+more groups: the median unarmed black police shooting victim now returns 21x the # of article results for a white victim, and 7-11x the # for Hispanic and 'other' (Asian, Native American) victims. Image
2/ 93% of black victims returned at least 1 article result vs. 60% of white, 70% of Hispanic, and 80% of 'other' victims. 40% of black victims were featured in at least 1 NYT article, as compared to 10% of white, 12% of Hispanic, and 10% of other victims.
3/Using the Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer, I also find that 26.2% of black victims were mentioned at least once on a CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News broadcast as compared to 4.9% of white, 2.2% of Hispanic, and 0% of other victims Image
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Schools might be a good place to start. None of this appears inevitable, at least by the data showcased in my and @epkaufm's latest @ManhattanInst report Image
See also this chart from the appendix Image
Unfortunately, black youth report the highest levels of CRT-related school exposure Image
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1/ I'm excited to announce the release of my and @epkaufm's full @ManhattanInst report on the prevalence and effects of CSJ/CRT-related school exposure among recent high school graduates.…
2/ For those that missed it, a preview of some of our main findings was previously published in @CityJournal (…), which I also summarized in this thread
3/In this current thread, I'd like to highlight some of the interesting findings omitted in the 'preview’, beginning with some of the variation we observed in exposure.
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