Helena Horton, Telegraph, December 15, 2015
Young, white men are the most derided group in Britain, according to a YouGov study.
People were asked for their views on different groups of differing ages, genders and ethnicities.
They were asked to score them on specific positive and negative criteria.
These included how likely they are to be honest, to be intelligent, to work hard, to be polite, to help others, to be violent, to travel without buying a ticket, to take drugs, to have many sexual encounters, and to get drunk.
The polling company explored attitudes to 48 different groups.
They looked at eight different ethnic/national groups, three ages (twenties, forties and sixties) and the two genders.
The most praised demographic was the white woman in her 60s, closely followed by a white man in his 60s.
The least praised group was the white man in his 20s, who was far behind the next least praised group, the black Carribean in his 20s.
YouGov found that gender played a huge role–the most derided groups were mainly men, with the notable exception of a white woman in her 20s.
Similarly, the most praised groups were mainly women–with the exception of a Jewish man in his 60s.
Young white men were expected far above most to get drunk, sleep around, not work hard and to be impolite.
They also have the joint worst score, with young black Caribbean men, for a belief that they are prone to drug-taking.
The polling company has stressed that they were only testing perceptions; not fact.
There is nothing in this data that proves any of the preconceptions we have about young white men are true.