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."
Why yes, yes it would.
Wow, is it another election year already? Who knew...
Oh my. So, if you want all people to have the opportunity to achieve as much success and wealth in life as possible (conservative), then you’re way more prejudiced than those people who want to give racial groups just enough to keep them poor and dependent (liberal)? These writers remind me of Hannibal Lecter.....really smart when talking, but still killing people. Come on! Drop your arrogance and come over to the people who truly are for equality of opportunity....the conservatives.
Exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis..
Yes and another study found that mankind is causing the Earth to warm up to such an extent that all the stupid people will fry but 2100.
BUY not but ..... ooops
can’t speak non of them there fancy foreign languages... but, I can say Kiss my a** in english... :)
This is essentially right. And, they come to the conclusions they do because they start out with the lie that "people are basically good", and therefore, with the right environment, will exhibit good behavior, and that those who already behave well should be given the power to implement that environment.
Our side starts out from the truth that humans are fallen and limited in intellectual and moral ability, and will, if given enough power, exhibit their fallen nature in attempting to control their fellow human whilst enriching themselves.
Wow, how racist.
I’m a high IQ clinger - 150
Now, if you'll please excuse me, I've got some feces to throw at some DUmmie who keeps rattling my cage.
Yes because the welfare state is made up of Republicsn voters rmfe
ooohhhhh..... gonna be like THAT, eeehhhh... well, poo poo to you.. :)
Being of Indian origin, I have to say that is a most racially ignorant comment you made, and kind of proved the author’s point.
Is the top still on and how much, if any, has been drunk ? White Rock
Then why do people with higher IQs tend to live in suburban areas, where they vote republican and people with lower IQs tend to live in urban areas, where they vote democratic?
“Watch out Sam Harris, Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri of Brock University are giving you competition for the worst use of statistics in an original paper.
Their Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes: Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact published in Psychological Science1headlined in the press as Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudiceis a textbook example of confused data, unrecognized bias, and ignorance of statistics.”
O.K., you pass. ;)
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