Groups Of Privilege: A Methodological Analysis

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Assignment 4
The purpose of this study is to see is there are differences in patriotism across populations of different groups of privilege. According to statistics provided by the New York Times of this past election, Males (54%) were more likely to vote for the Republican candidate than females (42%). Furthermore, Whites (58%) were more likely to have voted for the republican candidate than non-Whites (NYT article). It is scientifically recognized that whites and males (more specifically, white males) have the most privilege in American society today (McIntosh, 2010). Thus, it stands to reason that groups of privilege were more likely to vote republican in this past election.
Because Patriotism is the love citizens feel towards their country, it is comprehensible that those with privilege (Whites and Males), who tended to vote more republican, would feel more patriotic in response to
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Nevertheless, there was statistical significance, between males and females on their patriotism scores. This could be due to the fact that males, generally, are more pleased with the election results and feel more patriotic at this time. But, it could also mean that males, in general, are more patriotic than females.
The biggest limitation of this survey is the external validity. I used my Facebook to recruit participants, which is textbook convenience sampling that does not allow me to make generalizations across any populations other than my immediate sample. For example, I did not receive any participants in the Black/African American category; over two-thirds of my sample were females; and the vast majority (88%) of my population had parents with a 4 year education level or higher. These are some of the examples that make my participants different from the true population of Americans that my survey was looking to

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