New answers tagged

23

Psychologist Jonathan Wai looked at this factor in his 2012 article; Investigating America's elite: Cognitive ability, education, and sex differences, published in the Intelligence journal. His metric for intelligence is based on admission to a highly selective college, working from conclusions drawn by Charles Murray in Coming Apart: The State of White ...


21

Congress is, as a whole, extraordinarily well-educated, especially when compared to the greater population averages. For decades now the House has had 90% or more of its members have at least a College degree—with 40% having a Doctorate (including J.D.'s) and another 20% having a Masters—, with more recent Houses being at 94% and above. It's surprisingly a ...


3

What was asked: Why does having a college degree or not make a difference among white Americans? Stating the question that way seems to imply that having a degree changes who you are and what you believe. I don't think OP was implying that, although there are answers that have gone that direction. Instead I think what is being asked is: Out of all ...


4

Well answer is that we do not know since all social "science" "research" will be thinly veiled "stupid people vote Republican". Why? Colleges staff are extremely left wing, especially in social "sciences". According to Fox News: A 2004 poll found that among sociology professors, 25 percent self-identified as "...


5

The President denies science The current President denies science (on topics that matter in the current elections), and educated people may care more about that than less-educated people. This aspect applies specifically to the situation in the USA in 2020 and cannot be generalised to other times or places¹. The current American president (2017-2021) is ...


10

There have been a lot of answers so far to this question, but most of them never refer to any evidence. One very simple hypothesis is the following. By the time people get to be 18, their personalities are fully crystallized. The college system in the US then acts to filter these people into two different broad categories, based on the intellectual and ...


1

the majority of non-college-degree white people support Trump's reelection, while the majority of college-degree white people don't This may be true but many college-educated Trump supporters simply won't admit to it because of the backlash they would receive. I suspect this may bias a lot of polls. Many lecturers in American colleges are radical Left, ...


4

The United States is theorectically a meritocracy, where people rise to the level of their talents, and where there are no hereditary aristocracies, or permanent underclasses. In practice, however, American society is highly stratified, with less class mobility than Americans tend to assume. One of the most important markers of class status, particularly ...


7

Having a college degree is a proxy for being smart. Pollsters cannot ask directly how capable someone is at critical thinking, rational analysis of arguments, understanding consequences of policy, or able to do simple fact checking on outright lies. However if you have a college degree it is more likely that you are at least capable of doing these things (...


-5

A few relevant divisive points not made by other answers: Most modern American Colleges wash away some of the institutional racism and sexism culturally infused into white Americans upbringings. Colleges additionally infuse students with just enough superficial modern economics to make the now confused student more susceptible to politicians who mostly ...


21

Existing answers pretty much cover the ground well, but I will answer a specific assertion in your question that is not actually correct either: High school also teach similar topics as colleges, such as science, social science That is not correct, either qualitatively or quantitatively. One thing that most people discussing the topic usually fail to make ...


100

The experience of getting a degree exposes you to a wider circle of people. I'm white, male, and went to a school near where I grew up. The school and church had an intertwined population, and my social circle from the neighbourhood, school and church, all overlapped. There were a lot of people just like me, all white, all middle-lower class. Your friends-...


10

Immigration is a major cause for the difference in voting. The reason for this is that immigrants (in this case South/Central Americans) often have lower educational levels then in the USA. So a person who paves roads for a living has more chances of losing his job towards cheaper labor from immigrants then for example a doctor or a lawyer. But besides the ...


Top 50 recent answers are included