Health Care, Race and Political Polarization:
We find an extraordinarily strong correlation between racial resentment of blacks and opposition to health care reform.
Correlation is not causation, but this is very consistent with earlier trans-national research showing lower spending on social welfare spending in racially polarized societies.
I’d be a lot more impressed if they gave us some hint of what those questions measuring racial resentment were. It’s quite possible to use measures of ‘racial resentment’ that make the correlation tautological.