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Racists and Conservatives are dumb according to a big study released

February 8, 2012

It turns out that those with limited intelligence at a younger age are more likely to exhibit racist tendencies and favor more conservative political thinking as adults.

“Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order,” explains Dr. Hodson. Structure and order, of course, are much easier to make sense of than, say, disarray and chaos. Given that, the less intelligent will gravitate towards more manageable ideals and, as he says, “Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice.”

The study in its entirely was published this week in the journal Psychological Science.

“A secondary analysis of a US data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact,”add the researchers.

In summation, they write, “right-wing ideologies, which are socially conservative and authoritarian, represent a mechanism through which cognitive ability is linked with prejudice.

“For example,” add the doctors, “research has revealed that individuals who more strongly endorse social conservatism have greater cognitive rigidity, less cognitive flexibility and lower integrative complexity. Socially conservative individuals also perform less well than liberals on standardized ability tests.”

This is no surprise considering that that statistics showed that the majority of people that voted for same sex marriage were all white and college educated.


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