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Forum Post: Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 6, 2012, 4:52 p.m. EST by GildasSapiens (266)
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"Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study. Conservative politics work almost as a 'gateway' into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics. The paper analysed large UK studies which compared childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood across more than 15,000 people."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2095549/Right-wingers-intelligent-left-wingers-says-controversial-study--conservative-politics-lead-people-racist.html

But Right-wingers are much greedier than left-wingers!

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[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study · Children with low intelligence grow up to be prejudiced · Right-wing views make the less intelligent feel 'safe' · Analysis of more than 15,000 people By Rob Waugh
Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study. Conservative politics work almost as a 'gateway' into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics.
The paper analysed large UK studies which compared childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood across more than 15,000 people. The authors claim that people with low intelligence gravitate towards right-wing views because they make them feel safe. The survey, which compared childhood intelligence with political views, is bad news for David Cameron, the Conservative Party Prime Minister but should give a lift to Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, pictured in Question Time Crucially, people's educational level is not what determines whether they are racist or not - it's innate intelligence, according to the academics.
Social status also appears to play no part.
The study, published in Psychological Science, found that right-wing ideology forms a 'pathway' for people with low reasoning ability to become prejudiced against groups such as other races and gay people.
Left-wingers tend to be more open-minded says the survey - Democrats voted in first black U.S. president Barack Obama. But right-wing ideology forms a pathway for prejudice - Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney, was glitter-bombed yesterday by gay-rights activists because of his views.
'Cognitive abilities are critical in forming impressions of other people and in being open minded,' say the researchers.
'Individuals with lower cognitive abilities may gravitate towards more socially conservative right-wing ideologies that maintain the status quo. 'It provides a sense of order.'
The study, by academics at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, used information from two UK studies from 1958 and 1970 , where several thousand children were assessed for intelligence at age 10 and 11, and then asked political questions aged 33. The 1958 National Child Development involved 4,267 men and 4,537 women born in 1958.
'Individuals with lower abilities may gravitate towards right-wing ideologies that maintain the status quo. It provides a sense of order,' say the academics

The British Cohort Study involved 3,412 men and 3,658 women born in 1970.
In adulthood, the children were asked whether they agreed with statements such as, 'I wouldn't mind working with people from other races,' and 'I wouldn't mind if a family of a different race moved next door.'
They were also asked whether they agreed with statements about typically right-wing and socially conservative politics such as, 'Give law breakers stiffer sentences,' and 'Schools should teach children to obey authority.'
The researchers also compared their results against a 1986 American study which included tests of cognitive ability and questions assessing prejudice against homosexuals.
The authors found that there is a strong correlation between low intelligence both as a child and an adult, and right-wing politics. The authors also claim that conservative politics is part of a complex relationship that leads people to become prejudiced.
'Conservative ideology represents a critical pathway through which childhood intelligence predicts racism in adulthood,' says the paper.
'In psychological terms, the relation between intelligence and prejudice may stem from the propensity of individuals with lower cognitive ability to endorse more right wing conservative ideologies because such ideologies offer a psychological sense of stability and order.'
'Clearly, however, all socially conservative people are not prejudiced, and all prejudiced persons are not conservative.'

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[-] 2 points by JoeTheFarmer (2654) 2 years ago

New study shows that 99% of studies are inaccurate.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago
[-] 1 points by ThunderclapNewman (1083) from Nanty Glo, PA 2 years ago

New OWS informal study confirms intellectual snobbery is on the rise.

[-] 0 points by Chugwunka (89) from Willows, CA 2 years ago

There are other threads about this. And I say if it's true then take away our right to vote. Then I'm sure we'll have that leftist paradise you people want!

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[-] 0 points by kellyhannah (-2) 2 years ago

The tree of liberty is absolutely under significant siege today from a gathering storm. Call it it Euro-socialism, democratic-socialism, Marxism, liberalism, even progressive conservatism or simply the policies of the Obama administration partnered with an ever-expansive government in Washington, in the end the storm has one name: utopianism. “Utopianism is not new...“ It has been repackaged countless times—since Plato and before. It is as old as tyranny itself. In democracies, its practitioners legislate without end. In America, law is piled upon law in contravention and contradiction of the governing law—the Constitution.” What I see coming from ows and the so called leftist intelligentsia who proclaim anarcho syndicalism or liberal socialism is utterly astonishing. America needs to rediscover the CONSTITUTION....What OWS proclaims is utter lunacy and I have yet to find a liberal, left wing progressive, anarcho-sydicalist, or anyone who proclaims themselves left leaning socialist intelligentsia stand up and debate their ideals without contravention and profound contradiction with huge heapings of intellectual dishonesty! The only thing that me makes me angrier than so called conservatives misrepresenting conservatism is this left wing bullshit that left leaning ideological drones are somehow smarter because of data based on some obscure scientific study that real science would shoot down in a about ten seconds......This is typical Huffington Post bullshit! It is also went on to say Dr. Brian Nosek, a University of Virginia psychologist saying "Reality is complicated and messy," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simpler solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies."But Nosek said less intelligent types might be attracted to liberal "simplifying ideologies" as well as conservative ones. This is bullshit and further divides and angers......

[-] 2 points by shooz (18050) 2 years ago

I see......you have a thing for the right wing, fascist types.

Stormfront would serve you much better.

[-] 2 points by GildasSapiens (266) 2 years ago

You're on the wrong website, dear. You'd probably feel more comfortable in a Tea Party website forum, with other right-wingers with a similar intelligence level to yourself.

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