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Conservative Candidates Are Often Better-Looking
Discovery News ^ | February 23, 2011 | Agence France Press

Posted on 02/27/2011 3:05:46 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Rightwing candidates are better looking than their leftwing counterparts, something they benefit from during elections, according to a study conducted by Swedish and Finnish economists.

"One possible explanation is that people who are seen or consider themselves beautiful tend to be more anti-egalitarian and rightwing," Niclas Berggren, one of the three co-authors of the study, told AFP Wednesday.

The study compared election results from parliamentary and municipal elections held in Finland in 2003 and 2004 respectively with an online poll of non-Finns to determine how the 1,357 participating Finnish candidates ranked in terms of beauty.

More than 2,500 non-Finns were shown photographs of each candidate, with no indication of which side of the political spectrum they stood on, and were asked to rank them on a scale from one (very ugly) to five (very beautiful).

"We establish two main results. First, we find that the candidates on the right look better than the candidates on the left. Second, we find a greater effect of good looks, in terms of more votes for candidates on the right," the report states.

Berggren pointed out that "several studies have shown that good looks bring more votes, but we believe we're the first to analyse this in terms of political sides."

Explaining the findings, he said that globally, "the left perhaps traditionally has used a more rational approach.

The right meanwhile, "has been more conscious of the importance of looks," he said, pointing to the examples of Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin in the United States.

The study also shows that the "beauty premium" for garnering votes is more apparent in municipal elections than in a national vote.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Germany; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: candidates; conservatives; elections; finland; finns; iza; left; liberals; looks; looksism; right; study

1 posted on 02/27/2011 3:05:51 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Inner beauty finds its way to the surface; the same is true of inner ugly.


2 posted on 02/27/2011 3:07:41 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: xjcsa

They needed a study to figure this out? Right wing posters have been pointing out the obvious differences for years.


3 posted on 02/27/2011 3:12:53 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: xjcsa

They needed a study to figure this out? Right wing posters have been pointing out the obvious differences for years.


4 posted on 02/27/2011 3:12:57 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Please no Helen Thomas graphics. I just finished dinner.


5 posted on 02/27/2011 3:14:28 PM PST by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

people who are seen or consider themselves beautiful tend to be more anti-egalitarian
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In other words, they are elitists. Utter BS. Right wingers are not elitists. Left wingers are.


6 posted on 02/27/2011 3:15:54 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The right is better looking because honesty and virtue shows. The left is uglier because craven disregard for the rights of others is a visible form of dishonesty


7 posted on 02/27/2011 3:16:15 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: mainevet

How about Andrea Dworkin?

No I won’t post it, just the thought should cause a dry heave.

:-)


8 posted on 02/27/2011 3:16:20 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The left is more rational? I think they’d better do another study before making an assertion like that.


9 posted on 02/27/2011 3:16:56 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Here at FR we have known this for years:


10 posted on 02/27/2011 3:17:18 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Going to Charlotte for the barbecue is like going to Minneapolis for the gumbo - John Reed)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And I know she isn’t a candidate but some smart alack will stick her there with Hillary and I’ll be Ralphin in my Buick directly.


11 posted on 02/27/2011 3:18:45 PM PST by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I would vote “ugly” if they’d only balance the budget.


12 posted on 02/27/2011 3:19:10 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

I wonder if this is also the case in the United States?


13 posted on 02/27/2011 3:22:18 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Explaining the findings, he said that globally, "the left perhaps traditionally has used a more rational approach.

Yeah, that explains everything, you ugly maggot. Excuse me while I hurl.

14 posted on 02/27/2011 3:22:53 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (If every person were like Sarah Palin, this world would be a peaceful, beautiful world to live in.)
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To: Michael.SF.

You need to remove laura bush.She not rightwing as we have found out.


15 posted on 02/27/2011 3:27:06 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A superiority in looks and brains profits us nothing when we pick candidates like Juan McCain.


16 posted on 02/27/2011 3:29:31 PM PST by pallis
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just look at the angry, childish protesters in Madison, Bezerkley, immigration rallies, etc and there you have your answer. Ugly is as ugly does.


17 posted on 02/27/2011 3:30:56 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Ball of Confusion: That's what the world is today . . Hey Hey")
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To: xjcsa
the same is true of inner ugly

As a man with a hideous face and manner, there is no hiding it. It's an affliction that few find pity for. Waxman has power at least.

18 posted on 02/27/2011 3:32:57 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: pissant

FYI


19 posted on 02/27/2011 3:42:27 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What a load of clap trap

*Don’t hate me because I’m purty*


20 posted on 02/27/2011 3:43:06 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

[people who are seen or consider themselves beautiful tend to be more anti-egalitarian and rightwing]

Any competant scientist would also conjecture that right-wingers have better lifestyles and therefore look better. But no taco here, they can’t state the obvious.


21 posted on 02/27/2011 3:43:51 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The only way to make a turd look better is to kick some dirt over it.


22 posted on 02/27/2011 3:46:10 PM PST by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It's obvious to anyone with eyes that right wing politicians are better looking than left wing ones, and are also better people and far more likeable. The ugliness of spirit of the left eventually distorts and disfigures their faces, as it has done their souls. They are like burn victims, but for them the burning is within.

However, does the author explain why actors, who usually are very attractive, are almost universally left wing? I think this is a case of displacement.

Besides, the author is obviously a Eurotrash left wing shill.

23 posted on 02/27/2011 3:47:52 PM PST by Batrachian (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.)
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To: TheWriterTX

“Right-wing” posters, I knew it even when I was a young, stupid liberal. All I had to do was look at a photo of a young Don Rumsfeld and compare it to bow tie wearing Orville Redenbacher lookalike Paul Simon. back in the 60s.


24 posted on 02/27/2011 3:57:43 PM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: TheWriterTX

“Right-wing” posters, I knew it even when I was a young, stupid liberal. All I had to do was look at a photo of a young Don Rumsfeld and compare it to bow tie wearing Orville Redenbacher lookalike Paul Simon. back in the 60s.


25 posted on 02/27/2011 3:57:59 PM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: muir_redwoods
You nailed it, my friend! My mama used to tell me that people can blame their parents for how they look only until they are 30 years old or so.

After that, they looks are a reflection of their personality, attitudes and lifestyles.

26 posted on 02/27/2011 4:04:55 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I have found this to be true with acquaintances,also. My more conservative friends are simply better looking, and are healthier with less angst. They work hard and are generous in spirit and money. They are patriotic and care about the future of this country. Yes, they are good-looking physically and spiritually. The more liberal are usually always bitter about something, and it shows in their faces. They are always looking for a free ride and what’s coming to THEM. The class envy that they feel is palpable....they hate anyone who has more than they do on any level. Classic liberal socialists. And, they vote down the line for the Democrats...Carter, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obama, etc.

I have no respect for them, and it borders on disgust for them when I think about how their votes have affected and will affect the well-being of my family in a negative way. Yes, they are ugly physically and spiritually.


27 posted on 02/27/2011 4:07:07 PM PST by Swede Girl
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To: Batrachian
However, does the author explain why actors, who usually are very attractive, are almost universally left wing? I think this is a case of displacement.

I think it is simpler than that: they live and work in a world of make-beleive. Back in the days of Jimmy Steward, John Wayne, Walter Matthau, Audrie Hepburn and Ronald Reagan, Hollywood lived in the same world as the rest of us and, thus, their political views pretty much reflected the spectrum of public opinion from whence they ame.

28 posted on 02/27/2011 4:10:43 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I am the one that brought sexy back, so of course I’m good looking.


29 posted on 02/27/2011 4:12:15 PM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They needed a study for this? All they had to do was look around a DNC convention and then do the same at the RNC convention it’s as plain as the noce on your face...if someone is ugly you can almost count on them being liberal.


30 posted on 02/27/2011 4:22:35 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Vigilanteman
In those days you would have been thought insane, not to mention blacklisted, if you expressed the modern liberal view. It was not something that anyone would speak out loud even if they believed it.

This whole "study" is a politically motivated crock of sh*t. Do we have to guess what the author's political leanings are?

I think you're right, though. Leftists would be attracted to the world of make-believe. That's the only place where their ideas work.

31 posted on 02/27/2011 4:22:54 PM PST by Batrachian (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I guess the researchers weren’t aware of this study:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/200903/beautiful-people-are-more-intelligent-i


32 posted on 02/27/2011 4:24:40 PM PST by tsomer
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To: King Moonracer

Considering she’s been dead nearly 6 years that would be truly hideous.


33 posted on 02/27/2011 4:46:37 PM PST by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My personal belief is that many liberals grew up as social misfits. They were the ugly, the homosexual, the dork, the unchosen. The physically attractive tend to find more acceptance in society and are therefore more desirous to promote the society that accepts them because they find little wrong with it. This, they become conservatives and Republicans.

The misfits hate the society and find solace only with like minds who tell them its possible to change nature so they will no longer be misfits. That’s why unattractive people gravitate to the liberals and Democrats because they see in them hope for the revenge against society that they so crave. Of course, it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. And there are good-looking sociopaths (Bill Clinton, John Edwards) that join up with the Left more to exploit them than to be one of them.


34 posted on 02/27/2011 4:50:12 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: mainevet
You can add Mary McGrory and Molly Ivins to the list of Marxist femiNazi moonbats for whom death was probably a marked cosmetic improvement. Like they say: beauty is only skin-deep, but ugly goes all the way to the bone. *WOOF*

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

35 posted on 02/27/2011 4:55:42 PM PST by Viking2002 (RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!!!)
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To: mainevet

Boy, I missed a rousing chorus or “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” for that one. Did she ever hate men!


36 posted on 02/27/2011 5:00:39 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Viking2002

Molly Ivans, that witch tried to paint George W Bush as a closet homo in one hit-piece because he used the word “fabulous” too much for her taste.


37 posted on 02/27/2011 5:02:43 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: King Moonracer
She was a demented pig who had the fashion sense of a Central Park bag lady. An absolute, raving lunatic.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

38 posted on 02/27/2011 5:07:06 PM PST by Viking2002 (RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Yes, indeed they are:
39 posted on 02/27/2011 5:50:55 PM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

maybe that is why they end up on Craigslist, with text message to the young pages in the House or tap the showes of a police office in a MN aiprot bathroom. Who gives hoot about their looks it matters how they vote and act...like adults - with morals.


40 posted on 02/27/2011 6:23:13 PM PST by q_an_a (a)
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To: OrangeHoof

Then how the hell did I become a conservative? I was a pimply dork in high school who got picked on. No hit with the girls, either. I didn’t have that much fun in college, either. I did not like American society much, but to my credit, I did like the country.

Yes, I was a liberal, but as I read the Washington Times during a jobless period in my life, I became more conservative. I eventually joined Free Republic. And the various actions of government and liberals (and people in general) since only reaffirms my current, conservative/libertarian veiwpoint. I still have women problems, I’m overweight and still fighting acne, and sometimes, I despise all of humanity. Yet, I’m still conservative, respectful of individual rights, and willing to work on my problems.

Please explain people like me, Mr. Orange Hoof!

(Mabye I should throw away my Smiths CDs and start acting more positive.)


41 posted on 02/27/2011 6:34:49 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: OrangeHoof

OK, I admit, I didn’t read the “hard-and-fast” rule part, but still, without casting any doubt on your hypothesis, I must admit, I AM an exception to your rule at this point in time.


42 posted on 02/27/2011 6:36:55 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: OrangeHoof

Furthermore, there must be a LOT of misfits and outcasts (an unrealistic idea to me) for Obamao to have won.


43 posted on 02/27/2011 6:41:56 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: tsomer

I read the article.

This is the kind of thing that makes me wonder why so many people worship God. You’d think He’d make unattractive people more gifted, better in bed, or whatever, to compensate for what was taken away from them by the genetic lottery.

This idea (beautiful = more intelligent) automatically puts GATTACA-like visions into my head.

People should not be worshipping God (or man, Heaven forbid). They should be worshipping the fact that the world can be a cold, cruel place, and learn to deal with that fact.


44 posted on 02/27/2011 6:49:21 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: mainevet
Please no Helen Thomas graphics. I just finished dinner.

Is this one ok?

Photobucket

45 posted on 02/27/2011 7:08:13 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Yes, I was a liberal

And that's my point. You fell in with the outcasts. But you matured and grew up. A lot of liberals do that because one day they realize how illogical and vapid they are raging against the machine and decide to embrace the right (and the Right).

So, there you are Mr. TSR. A reformed liberal. And probably a more content and wiser man than a lot of the liberal friends you left behind. Possibly better looking too.

46 posted on 02/27/2011 11:07:47 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Graybeard58

LOL. Never seen her look better!


47 posted on 02/28/2011 11:42:53 AM PST by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: OrangeHoof

I’ve had a similar hypothesis although you articulate it better and put a slightly different twist on it. I’ve always felt that when the outcasts grow older, they view the successful conservatives as the people they resented when they were growing up and side politically with the group that will screw them over.


48 posted on 03/01/2011 7:54:18 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg

Most definitely.


49 posted on 03/03/2011 3:46:05 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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