Well, I think that is enough about Elwyn Davies for a little while. Here I would like to follow up on this previous post, which drew on evidence from this year’s Welsh Election Study to examine levels of prejudice and negative attitudes towards various groups in Welsh society.
My PhD student Jac Larner – who writes periodically on the excellent Thinking Wales blog – has looked in a bit more detail at some of the attitudes I found. He investigated whether the broad attitudes that I found across the entire Welsh Election Study sample differed substantially by social categories, such as social class and gender. In fact, the only substantial differences he found on attitudes to most groups were by age, with older age cohorts displaying more negative attitudes to a number of different groups in society.
Unfortunately, owing to technical incompetence on my part, I’ve been unable to put together a series of charts displaying these patterns that you can link to directly here. Instead, I have had to put the series of charts in a PDF file: you can link to that here.
For those groups that attract significant levels of negative attitudes (Gay and Lesbians, Muslims, Trans, Eastern Europeans and Refugees), there is a clear and at times striking tendency for such attitudes to be more prevalent among older age cohorts.