Right Wing Views Make The Less Intelligent Feel ‘Safe’

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.

Read more here in The Daily Mail (!)

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5 Comments

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/05/daily-mail-calls-rightwingers-stupid

    Charlie Brooker on form again with his analysis 😉

  2. More interesting reading from the Guardian on this ‘controversial’ study…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/06/right-stupidity-spreads-enabled-polite-left

    George Monbiot on why the left HAS to grow some balls… and fast.

    Couldn’t agree more.

  3. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289611001425

    Among persons with opinions those with the highest IQ’s were found to be politically center-right and centrist respectively. The relationship held after correcting for gender, age, education and income.

    • Two different studies, two different results… I’d be interested to know the political leanings of the researchers themselves in both cases, that would be a truly revealing study 😉 I’m sure that has more to do with the conclusions drawn than the data gathered!

      From my own experience it seems to have more to do with empathy than intelligence. You can be incredibly intelligent and still only give a fuck about yourself (or your own kind). Education also plays a role too as this study attests… “Education promoted orientations more to the left.”

      So knowledge breeds left wing views?

    • IQ tests only test for a very specific kind of intelligence and offer a very narrow window on an individual (or group’s) intellectual capacity. We use them because it makes ‘intelligence’ easily quantifiable, which it is not. They show us nothing about emotional intelligence, perceptiveness, knowledge of social history, upbringing/background, experience or personality type – I would have thought these factors would play a major part in both political orientation and how ‘intelligent’ we are.


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