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Chaldeans Measured for Political Leanings
By Britney Hermiz :: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 :: 57644 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Government & Society

California, USA – The results are in for the voter knowledge survey.  The survey was created to register Chaldean voter knowledge of the presidential campaign and extrapolate which presidential candidate would best address the needs of Chaldeans. 

Dr. James Brothman, psychometric expert and president of Brothman Research, created the survey for  A psychometric survey is a more sophisticated method than the traditional polls that ask respondents who they plan to vote for in the election.  The scientific survey reveals that not every issue carries the same weight of importance to a voter, nor does every voter prioritize the issues in the same way.   

“We create a scientific survey that captures issue concerns and matches the concern to the candidate that would best meet the respondents need.  We do not ask who they are voting for or why.  Instead we apply a reverse engineering process that filters out emotions.  We ask what issues are important to you and how important are those issues to you.  Based on the information we receive are able to determine who the respondents would vote for if they are truly voting on issues only.  The difference between the survey results and the actual voting results tells us how much campaign marketing influenced the vote.”     

Based on Dr. Brothman’s research of Chaldean voter respondents, 88% of the Chaldean community should vote for McCain / Palin if they are driven by the issues important to them.

Dr. Brothman also reveals the leading issues important to Chaldeans this election.

Based on Brothman’s report, Chaldeans tend to identify issues that are important to the country or group as a whole rather than their self interest.  “In general Chaldeans are concerned about fairness, security, morality, and opportunity.  This translates into issue concerns of abortion and marriage, war, personal responsibility, and independence.”

The report goes on to explain that self-interest or selfish voters tend to vote for issues that impact them personally.  Issues like welfare, subsidies, government control, and authoritative dependency.

In commenting on the cultural psyche of the Chaldean community, Dr. Brothman says, “Chaldeans are the quintessential ‘pull yourself up by the boot-strap’ community.  The psychology is that Chaldeans want a fair opportunity.  As a group, the Chaldean community tends to dislike special treatment, hand-outs, or having to rely on the government.”

Dr. Brothman hypothesizes that the Chaldean history of achievements, persecution, and independence has molded a culture of success, independence, and competition.  Being close to the Chaldean community Dr. Brothman says that, “Chaldeans embrace personal responsibility, competitiveness, and success.  Anyone close to the community can anecdotally observe the  hyper-competitiveness of Chaldeans.  This leads to a desire of fairness and opportunity.  The community’s enthusiasm to succeed is a reflex of the persecution they have endured for centuries.  It is like shaking a soda and then popping the cap.  Chaldeans are bursting to succeed.”

Of the nearly 160 survey respondents, one was chosen to receive a $100 gift certificate to Olive Garden.  The winner was Amanda Kirma of Spring Valley, California.  Mrs. Kirma will have two weeks to claim her prize by validating the gift certificate on’s gift certificate page. has released another community psychometric survey on the Perfect Spouse.  Readers are encouraged to take the survey and share their insights and perceptions of what makes a perfect spouse. 

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA


Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.