Sunday, November 01, 2009

How European is New England...not as much as I thought   posted by Razib @ 11/01/2009 01:53:00 PM

One hypothesis I have held is that there is a cultural gap in the United States whereby the West Coast and the Northeast are more "European" than the rest of the nation. So you have ideas crop up like Jesusland. I decided to see if I could compare European nations and American subregions using the WVS, Eurobarometer and GSS. I looked at two issues:

1) Belief in God
2) Nationalism

These two had equivalent questions in the 2000s for the WVS & GSS. I created an index of religiosity whereby:

Atheists & agnostic = 0
Higher Power = 1
Theist = 2

Very Proud of Country = 3
Somewhat Proud of Country = 2
Not Very Proud = 1
Not Proud at All = 0

On these two traits I don't see much of a Blue America + Europe clade....

Note: Limited GSS results to the 2000s.

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