Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says UK based study

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  1. ejazr

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    Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says controversial study - and conservative politics can lead people to be racist | Mail Online

    • 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

    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.

    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, claims 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.

    '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.

    The British Cohort Study involved 3,412 men and 3,658 women born in 1970.

    It's the first time the data from these studies has been used in this way.

    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 claim 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 prejudices.

    '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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    Who doubted this in the first place ?
     
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    The origins of left wing and right wing as we know it today came from the french revolution those who sat to the right of the president's chair were broadly supportive of the institutions of monarchy, the aristocracy and the established church and those who sat on the left were against them and in favour of democracy and separation of state and church.
     
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    Well my view on this is that its a dodgy study.

    How do you define right wing here? If its only about being racist or xenophobic, then that doesn't have to be a right wing vs left wing phenomenon. A left winger can also be a racist really.

    To associate the ability of people resistant to change and how prejudiced they are to other social religious groups to a right wing ideology is incorrect. Although it is true that some extreme right wingers might have prejudiced ideas, right wing politics is not just about that.
    Centre-right economic policies are much more conducive to economic growth as compared to left wing economics that sounds good in theory but fails in practice. Other leftist ideas like big govt. and govt. intrustion in personal lives are also big problems that waste tax payer money and also raise the question of what is the job of our elected representatives.

    In short, the study should have said, racist/prejudiced people are dumb, not right wingers.
     
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    Define Right Wing.
     
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    Leftist West Bengal and Rightist Gujarat would definitely disagree
     
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    This left-wing right-wing, thing just as most subjects in political science, is really murky. It's like alchemy...
     
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    Doesn't some posters in this forum actually prove that? Right wing extremism is a disease people cannot get rid off.
     
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    What are you then if not right wing anti-something?
     
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    Again , Define Right Wing.



    Precisely.
     
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    Smile when you say that, pardner

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    Could be true, but intelligent people can harm you more than stupid ones.

    Some left-wingers are really harmful to India:

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    Ouch.... you just tore them apart... :lol:. Nice!
     
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    socialism is never meant for developing countries but only for industrialised developed countries. our left leaders are idiots.
     
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    It also varies from country to country, and it has more to do with class rather than ideology.
    The so called left wingers in the west are from the middle class, and because of their economic status, they don't have to put up with Affimative action like their working class/lower middle class brethren, so they are likely to be more left leaning than the afore mentioned people.

    If this study were held in India, where the middle class is far more Nationalist/Right leaning than in the west, we'd have very different results.
     
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    Actually in the West (or at least, in the U.S.) the white middle class/upper middle class forms the vast majority of the right-wing. The left-wing is in comparison a very diverse group which includes the lower (working) class, highly educated professionals like doctors and scientists, and most ethnic minorities (regardless of class).
     
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    This study was held in UK and Canada, not in the US, and I'm sure the American middle class would score higher on intelligence tests than the lefties(minus the doctors and scientists).
     
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    yanks are idiots compared to europeans.
     

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