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

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

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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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.)

    • 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.

  • 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.