Has anyone any knowledge of whether the Richard T LaPiere Poll experiement has been updated since 1930?
In 1930, Richard T. LaPiere deomonstrated that, at least in some areas of life, people did not always DO what they said they did, nor did they always "believe" what they said they did. He took some friends of his on a trip across the USA; they were of Chinese decent, but spoke unbroken English. They were turned away from only one establishment out of hundreds. Detailed records were kept of everything that happened on the trip. Once home, he "polled" these same hotels and found that, except for a VERY few (one to be exact and one abstained) all of them said they would NOT harbor someone of Chinese decent in their hotel.
To make sure the trip itself had not influenced the owners, he polled places he had not gone and got the same results. No one would say they would accept them in their establishment. Remember, this was 1930.
This throws out an interesting dynamic. If people generally do not do what they claim they will do (for whatever reasons.....) then polls and questionaires are not really worth very much.
Anyone know of any updated studies on this subject?