Is `Compassionate Liberalism' an Oxymoron?: Andrew Ferguson
By Andrew Ferguson
30 Percent More
But what really astounded him was the amount of giving: In 2000, he says, conservative households gave 30 percent
more money to charity than liberal households.
The discrepancy wasn't a function of income; on average, liberal families annually earn 6 percent more than conservative
families. The difference in giving held throughout every income level. Indeed, poor conservative families gave a larger
percentage of income than wealthy liberal families.
``That was the wow,'' Brooks told me. A former Democrat- turned-Republican-turned-independent, Brooks says he has
no ideological interest in the data's outcome.
Stark Contrasts Found Among Asian Americans
December 16, 2004 Los Angeles Times
The report, "We the People: Asians in the United States," was based on 2000 census data and underscored the enormous socioeconomic diversity among the nation's 10 million Asian Americans.
The contrasts are detailed in the report, which provides data on such items as age, marital status, citizenship,
language, education, earnings, poverty rates, occupation and home ownership among 11 Asian American groups.
Median family income, for instance, ranged from $70,849 for Japanese and $70,708 for Asian Indians.
The median annual income of Asian families exceeded that of all U.S. families,
and the percentage of Asians with at least a bachelor's degree was almost double that of the total population,
according to the 2000 census.
Median family Income
Japanese (7.8%) $70,849
Asian Indian (16.2%) $70,708
Filipino (18.3%) $65,189
Chinese (23.8%) $60,058
Asian Americans $59,324
All U.S. families $50,046
Thai (1.1%) $49,635
Korean (10.5%) $47,624
Vietnamese (10.9%) $47,103
Laotian (1.6%) $43,542
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau We the People: Asians in the United States scheduled for release the week of Dec. 12.
Views of China have deteriorated sharply over the last year, but a plurality continues to view China positively in the world. Among the 20 countries polled both years, the number rating China mainly positively has dropped from 13 countries in 2004 to eight today, while those rating it negatively have risen from three countries to seven. On average, positive ratings of China have dropped 9 points.
What is most striking is the change that has occurred among European countries and Canada. While in 2004 four of the seven European countries polled plus Canada had a plurality with a positive view of China, today only one country—Spain—still has a plurality positive view. France’s positive rating dropped from 49 percent to 31 percent while a majority of 53 percent now view China negatively. Italy’s positive rating dropped from 42 percent to 22 percent, and a 55 percent majority now have a negative view. Positive views dropped in Great Britain (46% to 40%) and Canada (49% to 36%), with pluralities now having a negative view. Views in Russia also worsened—positive views dropping from a plurality positive of 42 percent to a divided 32 percent positive, 33 percent negative. Finland—polled for the first time—also came in 54 percent negative.
Sex ratio (male(s)/female)