A month, or so, ago this YouGov study was trending on FB and attracting some controversy.

The most derided ethnic group in Britain: young white men
YouGov data from 48 separate surveys reveals that young white men are seen as the worst ethnic, gender or age group on five negative traits – and the second worst on five positive traits


The lousy reputation of young white men is one of the most striking things to emerge from our surveys. When we look at individual characteristics, white men in their 20s have the worst reputation, out of all 48 groups, for drunkenness, sleeping around, hard work and politeness. They also have the joint worst score, with young black Caribbean men, for a belief that they are prone to drug-taking.

From my understanding, the surveys asked a number of UK participants to rate an array of different human traits (young-old, black-white-asian-etc, man-woman, etc) by answering a series of questions about their likelihood to steal, drink, be polite, etc. The YouGov study claims to have found that young white men are the most derided (i.e. rated high for negative attributes).

Is this surprising result corroborated or undermined by other independent studies?

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    According to the FAQ, Skeptics.SE is for researching the evidence behind the claims you hear or read. This question doesn't appear to have any doubtful claims to investigate. Please edit it to reference a notable claim and flag for moderator attention to re-open (or get 5 re-open votes).
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 30, 2016 at 16:17
  • @DanGetz Prejustice is a word meaning pre-judged. You can be Prejudiced, as you are full of pre-judgement against people. Or you cna be Prejudiced against, aka others hold judgemental views on you without even knowing you. I edited a little to make it more clear.
    – Jonathon
    Jan 30, 2016 at 16:23
  • @Oddthinking Is not the article I link to making a notable public claim?
    – Jonathon
    Jan 30, 2016 at 16:26
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    Also, the meaning of "White" in this study is not quite what one might imagine: it doesn't include Polish or Australians (or Jewish people for that matter). It seems to be intended to mean "white, native-born, and not Jewish"?
    – Dan Getz
    Jan 30, 2016 at 17:03
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    I made a major edit to match the specific claim that was edited in. The YouGov survey didn't talk about prejudice, so I removed mention of it as a distraction. It spoke about young white men, not all white men. The old title asking if there was a lot of research was not the claim made, so that was distracting too.
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 30, 2016 at 22:41


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