I think the study IS trying to make liberals look superior. Its subtle, but its there. Consider:
“Social and Self-awareness” — These are generally things a civilized person is concerned with.
“Fight or Flight” — Sounds like the reaction of a thug or savage. In short, someone who constantly perceives they are in danger.
Conservatives, on the other hand, realistically assess risk vs. reward. We remain aware of the danger of bankruptcy and the real pain it will cause to ourselves and everyone around us, and so we act to avoid it, even if the choice is difficult because of our natural human compassion. I don't see conservatives coming out of this study looking bad at all if an interpretation like this is told. Sadly, I don't see this view getting much airtime with the drive-by media.
I am sure that is how liberals will interpret it.
I see it as someone completely disconnected from the consequences trying to make decisions for other...