The reason I scored 24 is likely because I fit into the following category: “A ﬁrst- generation upper-middle- class person with middle-class parents. Range: 11–80. Typical: 33.”
No doubt if I had a better class of parents, I would have scored lower.
Charles Murray needs to reword the bus question to exclude the new New York to Washington bus services that a lot of poorer SWPLs are now taking because it’s a fraction of the price of Amtrak. However, I've never taken that bus so it hasn't unfairly raised my score.
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I have some problems with some of the other questions:
“Have you ever walked on a factory ﬂoor?”
Only 10% of jobs are in manufacturing. I think there are other jobs that blue collar people are more likely to have done.
And in the past, I walked on the factory floor when was a programmer/analyst for a medical device manufacturer in Phoenix, Arizona, so you can have a white collar job and to this. (On the other hand, if I had a more prestigious white collar job like doctor, lawyer, or banking/finance, I wouldn’t have had a job that involved factory floors, so maybe there’s still a point in there.)
“What military ranks are denoted by these ﬁve insignia?”
Do people really remember this even if they served in the military? And women wouldn’t know the answer. I knew that the bird was a colonel and that two stars is for a two-star general, so I got one point on this question.
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Based on the comments, a lot of readers scored near where I am. HBD blogs obviously don't appeal to the true elite who would score below a 10. Most of my readers have some sort of middle class or prole family background.