Survey: Racists And Conservatives Have A Low IQ. Surprise, Surprise!

Studies correlate low IQ with rabidly racist and right-wing views.


Studies correlate low IQ with rabidly racist and right-wing views

Does talking to a Teabully leave you asking: What’s wrong with this person? Do Teabully posts and memes make you wonder if people, who believe those things, could be cray-cray?   Take heart! A 2012 Canadian study suggests conservatives with racist and extreme views just might be born that way.

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Psychology Today featured psychologists Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri’s findings in its April 22 issue. Hodson and Busseri work at Borck University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada. They concluded the following:

Lower intelligence in childhood  is predictive of greater racism in adulthood, with this effect being mediated (partially explained) through conservative ideology.

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Poor abstract reasoning skills were related to homophobic attitudes which was mediated through authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact.

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For those who lack a cognitive ability to grasp complexities of our world, strict-right wing ideologies may be more appealing.” and “people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies.

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According to University of Virginia psychologist Brian Nosek:

Reality is complicated and messy…Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simpler solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies.

And the studies making the connections to low IQ and to the racists and far right wing views–that seem to be at the root of the views expressed by the GOP/Teabully party of today–go back to 1970 and to 1958. Psychological studies have also linked a Conservative political point of view to an authoritarian upbringing.

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Psychological studies have longed linked the appeal to political points of view, such as Fascism, to an authoritarian upbringing.  For a refresher course on “Isms,” grab the free downloadable primer available at LiberalAmerica.org.

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The current rise of the Christian Right embedding itself into the present GOP/Teabully Party is proof that there’s a link between authoritarianism and these political points of view. The “Christian Fundamentalist Nation,” of which Teabullies dream, has been referred to as an ideology that is:

A form of debilitating shortsightedness. It replaces reality with an idealized version that usually has too little to do with the real world to be workable.

We should be careful not to conclude all liberals are smart and all right-wing conservative/Teabully types are stupid.  And, we must also be careful not take IQ tests at face value. They’ve long been suspected of being culturally biased. But, the studies connecting low IQs to racist, homophobic, bigoted, and conservative thinking are there.

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Conservative Teabully types will no doubt scream and stomp, yelling, “Liberal bias!” That, of course, wouldn’t be surprising. They deny facts and have very little interest in science. But, like the Affordable Care Act and other legislation about which John Boehner’s GOP/Teabully House of Representatives whines, why bother?  It’s too hard, and reading is for Liberals.

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  • Ferdinand Marcos 2.0

    Garbage. Your crap article is nothing but the product of your imagination. (surprised you don’t have a misleading graph) I knew clicking this link was a mistake. Enjoy your hit Maeby. I hope you succeed in surviving to adulthood so you can realize how ignorant you’ve been and can atone for your failures as a human being, Daughter of 2 lawyers? I’m sure have have a unique perspective on white privilege.

    • xnerd

      Actually, this is the 4th study that links these attributes. They are not all exclusive but the evidence is compelling and conclusively proven in the vast majority of people that identify themselves as racist and right wing.

      This is based on sound scientific protocols not a fox news style semantic manipulation of wording. To be honest, I fully expected that the experimental protocol would be JUST THAT prior to reading it. Its not, it simple straight forward and anyone with an ounce integrity would call this a fair assessment,.

      • http://www.thinkslinger.org James F Thomas IV

        While the actual study may be based on sound scientific protocols, the article is certainly not written that way. Big difference.

      • Ferdinand Marcos 2.0

        Bull. It all depends on the polling. But you go on believing your fantasies.

    • bayhuntr

      The difference between the left and the right when it comes to white privilege is, people on the left understand it exists, people in the right pretend it doesn’t. I’m a tall white man and I know it’s benefit me in my life. I don’t feel guilty for it, I just understand it’s not fair. Perhaps unlike dumb racist, I know I would be successful without White privilege, I don’t need to rely, just on the color of my skin. This again, supports the concept that racist or dumber than most.

      • Ferdinand Marcos 2.0

        What’s your excuse then?

        • Don Sbragia

          Maybe his “excuse” is that he believes in himself. Try it, you’ll like it.

          • Ferdinand Marcos 2.0

            why did you reply to a comment from a month ago? get a life troll.

            • Don Sbragia

              Because it’s fun.. Try it, you’ll like it

      • Ferdinand Marcos 2.0

        How do you know you would be successful? Are you God?

        • bayhuntr

          Yes I’m god fool, I command you to take a flying leap.

  • dreed0519

    Something I knew all along.

  • http://www.thinkslinger.org James F Thomas IV

    Didn’t anyone ever teach you: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all? Additionally, inclusion of the last paragraph is unnecessary. Since when did it become okay to make fun of people deemed to have beliefs associated with learning deficiencies and low IQ? Not cool!

    • Don Sbragia

      I… uh, never mind. If I can’t say something nice, I shouldn’t say anything at all……

  • Tomkat364

    As I recall the Republican party ended slavery while the democratic south (in the 1860’s) created Jim Crow laws and perpetuated racism in the U.S…. so……

  • Frost Highland

    I got as far as the word “Cray-Cray” and realized I was in a nightmare. I really wanted to believe.

  • Jason Lewis

    What a bullshit article. If Democrats find this somehow scientific they’re the one’s with low IQs.

    • Don Sbragia

      Not a democrat. but, I don’t need this article to tell me that conservatives are dumber than liberals. I’ve known it from the first moment I’ve seen conservatives insist that fascism is a leftist ideology.

      • Jason Lewis

        fascism

        n.noun

        A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

        A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.

        Oppressive, dictatorial control.

        • Jason Lewis

          much closer to progressive/liberalism

          • Sweetirony

            should we really compare all of the fascist dictators to republican idiology? because I can….and it would be glorious….. and you would probably whine and bitch and say it was lies like all conservatives do when confronted with facts

            • regressive white trash reli

              read “AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,,A BRIEF HISTORY”
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              Im willing to wager you will read it and appreciate its accuracy; whereas JASON LEWIS will not

            • Jason Lewis

              I’ll look into it. I am conservative but with a very strong libertarian leaning. I used to think the democrat party was for freedom but it’s owned by lawyers and is all about being in my buisness in everything except using drugs and aborting my baby.

            • regressive white trash reli

              what EXACTLY are ‘conservatives” conserving?? it certainly is NOT financial prudence and equality for ALL americans –based upon “conservative” legislations over the past 30 yrs

            • Jason Lewis

              Yes lets compare. Please yes.

            • Sweetirony

              i say we start with the middle east because I love irony, how about you?

            • Jason Lewis

              Sure sounds awesome.

            • Sweetirony

              1)wanting to make religion into law Ex:outlawing gay marriage, firing out any teacher who allows anything that MIGHT be offensive towards jesus, adjusting books in texas, complaining about teachers comparing evolution to creationism. All incidents that have been reported on the news here in the US

              2)wanting to kill anyone with a different religion than you
              if i had a dollar for every christian that thought all muslims were terrorists and evil despite muslims being a large percent of the worlds population, thus implying wed be fucked if what they said was true which it clearly isnt

              3)idiots interpreting their book wrong. Muslims legit thinking that their book wants them to go around butchering people…and christians well. Idk what each sect took out of the original bible for their own fucking convenience (the catholic bible was the original bible that the first christians used, thus why it was more books) but wed have to take out leviticus if you guys eat pork and still hate gays, hell if you think gays are going to hell but dont have fucking leviticus in your bible you clearly pulled something out of your ass because I dont recall seeing any harsh punishment towards gays outside of the old testament. Also relating to number two, ignoring the story of how god would spare a city if abraham could find ONE good man….while with muslims we have AT THE VERRRY least 75% of the population being good but you guys want to blow them all up

              4) unequal distribution of wealth. In the middle East almost everyone is dirt poor but the 1% are SUUUUPER fucking rich, hell one even owns fox news…..no not an america, a middle eastern prince.

            • Sweetirony

              ….is this a different post than the last one? well if the other reply I gave you didnt answer your questions we can start with nazi propaganda and fox news…owned by a muslim prince lol, impeaching rulers due to different ideology and other actions of dictators…oh yeah and the prisons….

      • Craig Braley

        Fascism is a leftist ideology. I see the tolerant left is back at it again. Tolerate everything we agree with but if we do not like it you are a racist-really intelligent argument for the left.

        • regressive white trash reli

          21st century schizoid religions is totally intolerant of all which is NOT white and regressive and heterosexual and “Christian”
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          oh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and howza ’bout that %5 GDP number piled upon novembers job report which created 321,000 jobs?
          ………silly widdle fax

          • Jason Lewis

            You mean all the people that built the awesome countries the third world flocks to then cries racism after they get here?

            • regressive white trash reli

              many do as they are subject to racism; but I digress– shall we look at republican legislation over the past 25 or so years??
              …………………………. and: howza bout dem’ stats above? “Obama will destroy America”

        • Rhonda Thissen

          Where do people get this idea that fascism is leftist? Fascism is about as far right on the political spectrum as possible. The core elements of fascism include extreme patriotism (“America, love it or leave it!”), militarism (“Support the troops!”), veneration of a strong leader (Ronald Reagan, anyone?), and an emphasis on supra-nationalism (“America, we’re Number One!”). That sounds about as far from liberal as we can get here in the the US. The ONLY aspect that fascism and liberalism have in common is a preference for a strong central government, and even there, the two ideologies have vastly different purposes. Liberals in the US prefer a strong central government to ensure equality of rights and access to all, while traditional fascists prefer one for ultimate control of the populace.

          • llcisyouandme

            An element you missed was establishment of a corporatocracy. Anyone reading through a description of fascism will be amazed and appalled with the similarities with conservative thought. Protectionism, imperialism, exceptionalism, it’s all there.

      • damspam

        Mussolini started the Fascist movement, which was then taken up by the Hitler and the Nazis. They were extreme right-wing fanatics who destroyed unions, persecuted and murdered gays, minorities and Jews, were sexist and authoritarian, and told themselves they were ‘exceptional.’ Among the Fascists’ first acts were to arrest and murder progressives and liberals. Only useful idiots could believe that liberals and progressives are right wingers, any more than Koch and ALEC are left wingers! And no, the earth is not flat.

    • Scott Cole

      Jason, Conservative usually have a problem with facts, as evidenced by your “bullshit” comment without ever researching the studies done to arrive at the conclusion. Keep living in your la la world and thinking your evolved.

      • Jason Lewis

        I did research it. Total bull. No science behind it. Go look at the Yale professors actual scientific study where he determined , to his own dismay, that Tea Party Conservatives are more scientifically literate than people like yourself. The lala world is the one you live in with your smug friends stroking each other pretending your’re more educated.

        • regressive white trash reli

          hey ‘brilliant’ Jason,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, whats YOUR opinion of racism?

          • Jason Lewis

            Racism? I used to think it’s bad. I think Democrats call everything racist that isnt so the word doesnt really mean anything anymore. Democrats have the most to lose if racism didnt exist since it’s such a useful go to tool in their arsenal.

            • Sweetirony

              no by all means stop being racist we welcome it. We wouldn’t lose anything. You idiots go against any system that is already in play in almost if not every other first world country and call it communism. Seriously what kind of idiot says no to following the education system of countries way higher in us in math, science, school grades, just because they are afraid of higher taxes? fuck lets stop paying what the other countries pay combined for our military and maybe we wouldn’t have to raise taxes while prioritizing education. IT takes idiots like conservatives to be dead against adapting and learning from other countries

            • regressive white trash reli

              the idiots are called : white trash religious regressive elitists and the “wanna be’s” who want to be as they are

            • Jason Lewis

              You’re a hopeless self hating white.

            • Michael Peterson

              and you are delusional Jason!

            • Jason Lewis

              Thank you for your infomative contribution. Don’t bother going into detail. Another self-hater. Look up “Passover Syndrome”. Seriously I don’t wanna fight my brothers I want to help them.

            • regressive white trash reli

              self hating? nope– I hate extremism: and the “conservative” party–especially the white trash tea party and john birch society remnants( tea party) are disgusting
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              shall we review republican legislation over the past 25 yrs???

            • Jason Lewis

              You cannot be a democrat white especially white man without being a self hating white. You know what the Tea Party isn’t John Birch remnants but I sure am.

            • regressive white trash reli

              wrong again; gerbil droppings————- read up on who started the JBS; they correlate VISAVIS to tea party. KOCH and WELCH started JBS; KOCH is daddy of KOCH brothers. please read up b4 U comment; ok?
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              “self hating white”….. I love it!
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              BYTHEWAY– donnnn’cha wanna review repub legislation over past 25 yrs and showcase the WHITE privilege is showcases?
              no?? awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, did U faw down an’ go BOOM again?

            • Jason Lewis

              Guess I should expect it from you people. Simply because people releated to JBS are related to the Tea Party does not mean the two entities are the same. JBS is a great bunch of men. Seriously man, you need to wake up. White privilege? If you’re white you are an idiot who is writing his grandchildren’s obituary. Every white man touting white privilege should turn out like the Southern Poverty Law Center’s David Ruenzel.Perfectly ironic ending to him recently.

            • regressive white trash reli

              u really are un-educated………………….
              now– shall we discuss repub VS democrat legislation over the past 25 yrs???

            • Jason Lewis

              Fine let’s discuss the legislation over the past 25 years. You won’t discuss anything else. Everything that goes against the fantasy world you live in causes you to label it “uneducated” or something else. Let’s discuss your past 25 years of legislation and how you view it. Not too sure why you wanna discuss it with me being I’m uneducated but let’s do it.

            • regressive white trash reli

              read “AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,A BRIEF HISTORY”…….it separates racism to the tentacles in which TRUE racism exists today: and how its easier than ever to spot even with its disguises

      • Edward Yousey

        Goes to show the libs believe anything MSNBC feeds them

    • Claire L Swinford

      If you could please refute the methodology of the underpinning studies, we could then understand how this might be bullshit. Until such time as you refute the validity of said studies by way of factual dissent, we can only assume that they are valid based upon the fact that they were published, peer reviewed, and their methodology is transparent. (and I’ve made it easier for you by spelling the word methodology, so that you might look it up.)

      • Jason Lewis

        Thanks for the spelling help and the way you worded your response to make yourself feel smarter than you actually are. (intellegent people don’t feel the need to do that)My refute is the article basically states those who are homophobic or racist tend to have lower IQ’s. This may be true. They then determine that conservatives are racist and homophobic which is anything but true. They have absolutely zero methodology for how they determined conservatives are those things. Nothing more than more liberal bullshit to make yourselves feel superior. Look up some IQ scores of liberal vs conservatives from a non-bias source and you will be suprised. While you guys do have many in academia, you also have voters which are the bottom of the barrel in the IQ factor. Have a nice day Claire.

        • regressive white trash reli

          I prefer to look up state and federal democratic policies VS regressive GOP policies over the past 25 yrs and the effects punctuated upon all americans during that time.
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      • Craig Braley

        So I am curious of who the reviewing and the peer reviews are? And to say the article is valid because it was published is a far cry to make it factual. The founding fathers wrote the Constitution over 200 years ago. They were the ones that said these laws are necessary for a free society. They had conservative points of view for the most part. I am curious to your response or even if you would respond. To say someone’s IQ is lower based on their political beliefs is ridiculous. And you better check your history-Republicans are the ones who fought for the freeing if the slaves back in the day. You should really check your history first.

        • Johnson

          Oh, dear. We have anecdotal evidence right here in you. You’ve failed American History, as you didn’t know that slavery and Jim Crow were about ideologies and geography, not political parties. Democrats were conservatives at one time, and Republicans liberals, but that changed over time. Slavery and the denial of civil rights was more of an south of Mason Dixon. In fact, the southern Democrats, aka Dixiecrats, left the Democratic Party over civil rights and became Republicans. Research Strom Thurmond.
          YOU really should check your history first. What an imbecile.

    • Jeff Wescott

      Thanks for that bit of chest thumping, Jason. Ad hominem much?

  • PitbullDad

    What about Lib-Tards? Don’t need a study to reach the same conclusion.

    • Scott Cole

      PitbullDad, Is that the “I know you are, but what am I” defense?

    • Claire L Swinford

      Well, except for the fact that all conclusions necessarily following the scientific method – or, if you will, a study. Barring said process, you’re just pulling opinions out of your ass and drowning in confirmation bias. (I realize, this “smart person” stuff is complex, please try to keep up.)

      • PitbullDad

        The best research methodology is the one that proves the point you want to make

        • Jeff Wescott

          Spoken like the chief Nazi himself: “in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie..” Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.

    • Ronald”The Decider” Palin

      Ahhh…. The classic fallacy, “argument from spite”. Further evidence as to mental retard genes flowing freely through the conservative population. You guys should do some culling of your herd. That might improve your situation.

    • regressive white trash reli

      correct,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we ‘libtards’ prefer EQUAL equality for ALL americans ( not just white trash religious regressive heterosexual inbred religious lemmings) as well as women also having equal rights,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      you; you DO understand the concept and implementation of E..Q..U..A..L..I..T..Y,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, donnnncha?
      allow this example: in the for of a question-
      ” which religion ( or religions) in the USA should have more freedom?”

  • Mickey Jackson

    I believe that Republicans are not stupid people. After examining the behavior for years. I believe they are just simple minded people guided by the wealthy class to do their biding. If this logic follows, each one of them has a weakness. Follow that weakness and one will find a way to control a simple mind. This explains the behavior of Religion, Bigotry, Greed, Selifishness, Pretending, Overlooking, Non-Criticaly  and Derainged thinking. Proaganda and Religion are two examples ways to control a simple minded group. We the people must find and fund ways to do the samething. This will confuse the Republican voters and change the balance of power to a more responsible minded leadership in this country.

    • nobaddog

      And another highly intelligent Democrat examining republican behaviour. Your examination of the Obama White House leads you to believe that he is smart? He loves you ignorant white persons too.
      Psst. You misspelled a whole bunch of the words in your comment genius! Surely everyone on this site noticed!! LOL

      • Jeff Wescott

        I noticed in your own response: a sentence fragment; an uncapitalized proper noun; a declarative posing as an interrogative; two comma splices; and one non sequitur.

        • Rhonda Thissen

          LOL… nobaddog’s whole response was a non sequitur.

          • Mary Goodson

            You appear to have no idea what a non sequitur IS.

            • Rhonda Thissen

              I’ll humor you because it’s New Year’s Eve and I’m in a good mood. From the Latin for “does not follow,” a non sequitur is a statement or phrase in which the conclusion does not logically follow from what preceded it. Mickey was talking about analyzing Republican behavior, to which nobaddog responded with a claim about Obama’s love for “ignorant white persons” (IWP). There is no way to deduce Obama’s love for IWP by analyzing Republican behavior, therefore his post is not only irrelevant to the subject at hand but also a non sequitur. Actually, I guess he got a double word score on that one since it’s both a logical and “literary” fallacy.

  • Proud2bfromtheUSA

    This is funny since the democrats were the creators of the KKK. Hilarious study. Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.

  • susan slater

    You have all been kind in your assessment of what is called a conservative with a racist core of reacting.They are simplify thugs, that group up in knuckle dragging, slandering rock throwing mobs, para-citing, like fleas, off our amazing , awesome American system. Yes haters are required to be stupid and not informed of truth and have no core of ethics..Now there are decent conservatives but they are usually bullied into silence by the others who control them.
    .

  • patrick quinn

    Brought to you by “Climate Change” ideologs…I mean scientists

  • nobaddog

    …and you Democrats are as smart as the majority black folks with your views. We all know blacks are the smartest people in America, just like the people on this site. Very very smart! LOL
    oh the edit is, White people are stupid and have low IQ’s! LOLOL

  • Ryan

    I’m calling intact male bovine poop here, folks. My IQ is above average, and I am more conservative than liberal, though I consider myself a purple voter. If you want to consider the level of intelligence of a group of people, let’s ponder those among the liberal faithful who gripe and moan about the rich getting richer, and inequality between corporate types and the regular fellow now tout the recent gains in the stock market as a feather in the cap of the administration. How many minimum wage workers have a stock portfolio? Who is benefiting from the stock market? Corporate types! How many of the blue crew have no issue with Al Sharpton being an adviser to the White House, when he owes more in unpaid taxes than several of us combined earn in a year? I have no issue with liberal thought processes when they make sense, but to spout trash like this, when there are plenty of stupid liberals as well? C’mon now…

  • Sweetirony

    …can you link the studies of the low IQ’s please? I want to post this on facebook but it will make me look stupid if there is no works cited for your statement.

  • Ted Heim

    You Liberals are nothing but hate mongers that do nothing constructive and everything to tear apart this country.