Monday, February 16, 2009

Social Class in America vs. Stand Firm in Faith Website

Over at Stand Firm in Faith there is a thread about Sarah Palin that has evolved in to a thread about social class in America. This reminded me of the interactive graphics from the 2005 New York Times series.

Stand Firm in Faith is a blog that appeals to a highly educated and affluent community according to QuantCast.

The New York Times interactive graphic on How Social Class Works is here. We can see that 68% of Stand Firm readers have bachelors degrees or more and are thus in the top 20% in education. And 58% have incomes of $60,000 or more and are thus in the top 20% on income. We don't get information from Quantcast about occupation or wealth, the other two measurements on the New York Times Interactive Graphic. But if the occupation and wealth tracks with education and income, about 60% of Stand Firm readers are in the top quintile.

The NYT graphic is from 2005 and I am not sure if the income numbers are applicable to today.


now said...

Could you say what interests you about this and links in general. Reason I'm asking is that I sometimes read these blurbs several times and don't have a clue why they got posted, other than assuming they sparked your interest in some way.

Like, were you familiar with this faith group prior? Do you think there is an association between faith and income?

I wondered if the data was skewed because only relatively wealthy and educated people would be online and reading the NYT.

Perpetua said...

Hi now,

Stand Firm in Faith is a very popular Anglican blog. The post being discussed at Stand Firm was discussing how Sarah Palin played politically with different demographic groups and categorized her as lower middle class.

Using the New York Times interactive graphic, Sarah Palin and her family probably are in the upper middle if not the upper quintile.

But I am thinking that maybe both the political commenter class and Stand Firm readers are all so much in the upper quintile that they have a very skewed view of the majority of Americans.

Note that the New York Times interactive graphic is not just based on NYT readers, but all Americans. However, Quantcast is setting a norm of 100 based on internet users, which is probably higher income than the average American.

now said...

Thanks for saying more. I connect much more with the post now. Suppose I need to be more up on Anglican culture.
Also, Anglicans tend to be a wealthier bunch than other Christian groups.