Right-wingers are less intelligent than left-wingers: Study
by Sympatico.ca News
Controversial Brock University study looks at political views and intelligence
Do you tend to vote for right-wing parties in elections? If the answer is yes, you should probably look away now.
A Canadian study out of Brock University, Ontario, is receiving a lot of international attention for saying that right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and that people with low childhood intelligence grow up to be racist and hold anti-gay views.
The authors of the study published in Psychological Science claim that people with low intelligence tend to gravitate towards ring-wing views because they make them feel safe. In fact the academics also suggest that conservative politics serve as a ‘gateway’ into prejudice against others.
The research analyzed more than 15,000 people from two studies conducted in 1958 and 1970. Children were assessed for intelligence at the age of 10 and 11, and then the same group was asked political questions when they turned 33 to form a correlation between smartness and political views. In adulthood these people were asked whether they agreed with statements such as “I wouldn’t mind working with people from other races,” or “I wouldn’t mind if a family of different race moved next door.”
Apparently social status plays no part in this study and neither does education. The findings say that only innate intelligence is a factor into conservatism.
As expected, this study is causing quite a stir both at home and internationally.