Skip to comments.People With Low IQ Tend to be Socially Conservative: New Study (Barf, BS & Junk Science Alert)
Posted on 01/27/2012 9:33:00 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
In a new study, bound to stir controversy, researchers have found that people with low IQ tend to have socially conservative ideals and prejudiced attitudes toward others, including people of different races and homosexuals.
The new study published earlier this month in the journal Psychological Science found that British children with lower general intelligence factor (similar to IQ) are more likely to be racially prejudiced as adults.
"We found that lower general intelligence in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology," lead researchers Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri of Brock University, Canada, wrote in the abstract of the paper.
"We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups."
The study was conducted using two "large-scale, nationally representative U.K. data sets (N = 15,874)," and a secondary analysis of a U.S. data set. The secondary analysis confirmed the effect of poor reasoning skills behind homophobia, caused by authoritarianism and low intergroup contacts.
The conservative attitudes were measured by whether people agreed with statements like "Family life suffers if mum is working full-time," and "Schools should teach children to obey authority."
Attitudes towards other races were assessed with statements like "I wouldn't mind working with people from other races," which served to capture overt racism, while excluding people with unconscious and covert racial biases.
"Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice," the researchers told LiveScience.
Since there have been studies which established links between low levels of education and higher levels of prejudice, studying intelligence seemed a logical next step, the researchers said.
Simply put, the research findings are nothing short of calling social conservatives dumb. To be precise, the study, by and large, implicates social conservatives rather than the political conservatives.
However, the researchers have pointed out that the study doesn't imply that all conservatives are stupid and liberals intelligent.
"There are multiple examples of very bright conservatives and not-so-bright liberals, and many examples of very principled conservatives and very intolerant liberals," Hodson said.
LiveScience has published an article about the study, discussing its potential to upset people. "They've pulled off the trifecta of controversial topics," Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study, told Live Science. "When one selects intelligence, political ideology and racism and looks at any of the relationships between those three variables, it's bound to upset somebody."
Except conservatives are racists, liberals are.
Hey, asshole author of the article; I’ll put my IQ up against yours anytime. Moron!
All you need to do is scan the faces at an Obama rally to disprove this.
I guess that means the liberal indoctrination in the schools is working, and that the “smart” kids are buying into it.
So this tells me that the well educated are what got us into the mess that we are in today.
It must be true, my IQ is only 131
Doesn't exactly say this in the title.
and people with an even lower IQ become slaves to welfare then vote for liberals all their lives....
Well, that would mean that democrats supporting their party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, separate but equal, and non-supporters of the Civil Rights Act are by definition at a lower level of general intelligence.
This is so patently dishonest that it ought to be dismissed on its face, but undoubtedly the corrupt MSM will herald this as some divine revelation.
Ever wonder why “prizes” such as the Nobel and the Oscars and the Academy Awards always go to those with making a left-wing political statement? Well, here is exhibit “B” in that regard.
Yeah, all those wards of the state who are so stupid they’re unable to take care of themselves are republicans.
Meanwhile, when Democrats look to register voters, they go straight to the prisons, welfare lines, and mental health centers.
They know where their real constituency lies.
You have to understand some of the motivations underlying liberalism, the foremost being the desire to feel good about oneself. Being associated with “the smart people” is one of the ways to accomplish this.
It’s no wonder we see skewed studies such as this - the left HAS to self-affirm that they are superior. There is very little other reason to even BE a leftist.
A study by “scientists” that offers “proof” of conservatives being both racist and stupid? I’m shocked they would say such a thing (yawn). I’m sure they wouldn’t lie about it. (Like they have for decades)
But I thought people in the UK were all cultured socialists living in harmony?
Who was that guy a few years ago on Imus who told us this president has an IQ that’s off the charts but didn’t know what it was?
People with high IQs tend to have inflated egos, exaggerate their importance in the universe, deny there is anything greater than themselves, reject the notion of a Higher Power and therefore His universal Truths and Laws.
But what do I know - I am just a social conservative with a tested IQ of 147.
NYT: “Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public and tend to be Republican, white, male and married.”
Liberal people think Barack Obama is a genius. President Obama does not have a single significant accomplishment in his entire life, but to the liberals he is a genius. They believe that if you need green energy that you simply decide we should switch, and it will work. They think that they can impose a carbon tax on this country and that it will not affect the economy. Liberals are so smart. Everyday and every way I way I am learning how very, very smart they are.
People with low IQ’s believe this kind of crap. Word any study the way you want people to respond and you will get the answers you are looking for. This is bogus crap which we will see much more of until the election.
Move along, nothing to see here.
That a$$hole author is AMRUTHA GAYATHRI, an Indian woman coming from very segregated society. Too much cow pee and vegan in her diet.
...and might decide they want to blow up their high school because they can.
One word: global warming hoax
136 here last time I tested.
It’s of course another poke in the eye of red state flyover country inhabitants liberals like to smear because can’t understand why people would live there.
I guess all those nativist rebels killing the white Afrikaner farmers in Rhodesia were all geniuses.
Looks like we’re on the same page with the motivations behind this study (see my post following yours)...
The way the “strata” works is this:
those in the upper echelon of wealth and power tend to be communists.
They use those in the lowest echelon of wealth and power (who tend to be “democrats”) to further their own power (through “democracy”), and bribe them with a pittance of the wealth they confiscate from the middle group, the working people and producers in this country, who tend to be “republican”.
This soundslike the left laying a false foundation to eventually justify Hitler style eugenics in the name of stopping intolerance and racism.
It’s what Bill Ayers (Zero’s buddy) wanted from the beginning. He wants the death of 25 million Christians to begin a fresh new start for America.
Wasn’t there a study that graded Obama’s SOTU speech at an 8th grade comprehension level? His base is so smart, that he had to dumb the speech down to a middle school comprehension level? Liberals have always been bad, but their propoganda attempts now don’t even have effort put into them anymore.
Libruls r mor smartr then consrvtvis.
What the liberals are saying (not that I agree with them) is that only they are smart enough to break taboos and avoid the law and get away with it. If you are so dumb that you cannot do this, then you 'support' the traditional values.
there IS something wrong with many inner city blacks though....they are very racist....very violent....and they do carry “conservative” social values against gay marriage, homosexuals in general,etc....
let me get this straight..
Democrats are that party of the poor... Republicans are the party of the rich..
Yet... according to this conservatives (ie Republicans) have lower IQ’s
which means they are arguing that Rich people have low IQ’s and poor people have high IQ’s
I’ve been around and I can tell you without a doubt, the dumbest and most ignorant people all had leftist leanings or are democrats. The people I know who are conservative are smart honest and hardworking. They care about their fellow man. Pure hogwash.
Why, just the other year we learned from Barry the correct pronunciation of corpsman is "corpse man". I never knew, because I is dumb.
They were looking at the wrong end of the chart.
131???? that’s it??? mine is at 138 and holding.. between you and me we have more IQ than the majority of so called college “professors”...
This is nonsense.
I wonder how it would turn out if instead of IQ, they tested WISDOM!
Liberals have such an inflated idea of their goodness and intelligence. This morning our local newspaper had an article/OpEd by a man who writes once/month. He writes the difference in life philosophies of liberals and conservatives is “One loooks for the good in people and tries to create systems that help people to be better and do better. The other lays blame on idividuals and attempts to rid society of the systems that supposedly enable people’s evil instincts.” He subsequently tries to turn this concept into a pretzel where he says Conservatives blame people while Progressives believe that opportunities are enhanced by the understanding that we live in communities, hence we all need health care, etc, etc, etc,....
So, now you know how they can twist their BIG government ideas into making them appear to be better people.
Yes, because those 63 million “hope and change” zombies who obediently cast their vote for Obama are gifted with such high intelligence.
Well, I can tell you from years of observation that Liberals are amoral, tend toward prevarication, and prefer a fantasy reality to the one they actually inhabit.
I think it is actually the other way around.....
People with high IQs also tend to have had much more exposure to, and thus their attitudes shaped by, liberal and marxist "educators".
Well they obviously believe their own work, and think conservatives must be stupid enough to believe this.
Lets look at one of the authors, Gordon Hodson
Some of Hodson’s publications:
Intergroup disgust sensitivity as a predictor of Islamophobia: The modulating effect of fear
Do ideologically intolerant people benefit from intergroup contact
Exploring the roots of dehumanization: The role of animal-human similarity in promoting immigrant humanization
Interracial prison contact: The pros for (socially dominant) cons
He looks like a bat poop crazy liberal, suffering from white guilt, and more fixated on race than those he accuses of racism.
Here’s his website, if you want to see his other work:
Here is his ‘research’ website:
...complete with the ‘RACISM STOP IT!’ logo
In my family, I’m the village idiot. My cousin is 146 and my brother is 148...they don’t let me forget it.
That's what I scored on my last test.
My ex took the same test and got a 127. She emailed me and said, "I always knew you were smarter than me."
L'ed M A O!
“But wisdom is proved right by all her children.