From the RadioLIVE website:
A paper, published in Psychological Science, claims that people with ring-wing views tend to be less intelligent than those on the left. It claims that people of lower-intelligence tend towards right-wing views as they make them feel ‘safe’.
…. Children on the study were assessed for innate intelligence aged 10 or 11, then assessed politically at the age of 33.
… It found that people with a low childhood intelligence gravitated towards racist and anti-gay views as they grew up.
Here’s a link to the original ‘Daily Mail’ story for more detail. (If you care.) It includes this …
Individuals with lower cognitive abilities may gravitate towards more socially conservative right-wing ideologies that maintain the status quo. …
The authors claim that there is a strong correlation between low intelligence both as a child and an adult, and right-wing politics.
… ‘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.’
Somebody’s having a laugh. But what if it’s true?