March 09, 2009

Conservatism, ideology of the old?

I decided to look at the trend lines for political ideology using the General Social Survey. The sample size for those asked about their politics is rather large, 19,000. Here’s a chart which plots different ideologies as a function of age, from 18 (on the left) to 90 (on the right), with the data set being limited to whites only:


Of course different slices of the population will exhibit this trend to differing extents.  Here they are broken down by attitudes toward the Bible (again, young on the left, old on the right):




As you can see, conservatism is holding its own among those who accept that the Bible is the Word of God, but eroding among the other two classes.  And today comes confirmation of further decline of Old Time Religion in modern America….

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