People on the “left” are smarter, study finds

People who support right-wing political ideology tend to be less intelligent than those on the left, and people with low intelligence during childhood, when they grow up, hold racist and anti-gay views, according to a recent controversial study. in Ontario, Canada.

Political ideology and intelligence: is there a relationship?

People on the left seem smarter and people on the right less. At least, that’s what a controversial study says.

Conservative politicians are facilitators of prejudice against other individuals or groups, say Canadian academics. The article analyzes massive UK studies (of over 15,000 people) in which the UK has been compared childish intelligence with the Political Views into adulthood of these subjects.

The authors claim that low-intelligence people position themselves with the political right because they feel more secure with this line of speech. Basically, people’s education level is not what determines whether they are racist or not, but it is the innate intelligence, According to the authors.

Belonging to a certain social class does not predict ideology

Social status does not play an important predictive role either. The study, published in Psychological Science, states that right-wing ideology forms a path for people with poor reasoning skills to become racist and xenophobic.

Researchers say cognitive skills are essential for forming the impressions of others and are essential for having an open mind.

“People with weaker cognitive abilities tend to advocate more conservative right-wing ideologies because they maintain the status quo. The right gives a sense of order, of continuity with what it establishes. A higher cognitive level is needed to detect this. functions poorly in a political system and therefore to be able to make a criticism and a proposal for improvement “

Research and results

The study, conducted by Brock University in Ontario, Canada, used information from two British studies conducted in 1958 and 1970, where the intelligence of several thousand children aged 10 and 11 was assessed. At the age of 33, they answered questions about politics, And from there, most of the data could be extracted to prepare the report.

The first British study, conducted in 1958 by the National Child Development Organization, looked at 4,267 men and 4,537 women born in 1958.

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

As adults, they were asked if they agreed with statements such as “I wouldn’t mind working with people of other races” and “I wouldn’t mind if a family of a different race lived ”.

They were also asked if they agreed with the political ideology of the conservative right, such as “I would give the harshest sentences to violators” and “schools should teach children to obey” authority. “.

Bibliographical references:

  • Original study: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/23/2/187.full.pdf

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