Study links low intelligence with right-wing beliefs – The Globe and Mail


Researchers have found a possible explanation for why certain people are prejudiced: they’re less intelligent.

Children with lower general intelligence are more likely to become prejudiced as adults, according to a Brock University study.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, examined data from two large-scale British studies, and found lower intelligence scores in childhood were predictors of greater racism in adulthood, which the researchers controversially explain is brought about by adopting right-wing ideologies.

Source: Study links low intelligence with right-wing beliefs – The Globe and Mail

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8 thoughts on “Study links low intelligence with right-wing beliefs – The Globe and Mail

  1. Neilth

    The inability to understand complex arguments that seem counterintuitive eg more immigration can lead to increased national prosperity, is beyond the comprehension of most racists who seem to think that the UK will sink into the North Sea because of the number of people on our islands.

    Higher iq can indicate that the individual is capable of more sophisticated reasoning. Sadly it’s not guaranteed. Some highly intelligent individuals can be irrational and prejudiced.

  2. chriskitcher

    This has been known for some considerable time. Hence the Tories desire to see education brought to it’s lowest common denominator. “Thick thousands” to quote Socrates means that they stay in power.

  3. PD

    Didn’t the Nazis classify people of low IQ as being worthy of death? You’re getting on to very dodgy, supremacist ground publishing stuff like this.

    Human beings are not fully rational. It is irrational then to expect them to buy into your perfectly worked out schema for how the world should be run.

    The failure of Labour / the left to get elected is its own fault, no one else’s. There is a childishness about many on the left which manifests itself in a ‘I’m more worthy than you’ attitude. Which is deeply ironic. I know because I was active on the left for 8 years.

    And as for the comment above about immigration – I can think of at least five good reasons why it was Labour’s biggest mistake in office and none of them have anything to do with ‘racism’. Indeed people who throw that word around like confetti really ought to reflect on where making that charge so threatening to a career or reputation got us: Rotherham.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      As this study makes no link between people of low IQ and a death sentence – but you do – it seems you are the person who is on very dodgy, supremacist ground.
      Nobody here has put forward any “perfectly worked out schema” and, by your own standards, nobody could.
      Your attempt to link this study with a particular political party – Labour – is odd, as the study is by an American university – and from 2011, when Labour had lost only one election.
      Likewise with your attempt to link this with racism and Rotherham – which, if memory serves me correctly, you need to research.

      1. PD

        Why would it leave me on dodgy ground when I’m obviously opposed to such poison? You’ve selected ONE study to support your bigotry yet ignored work by the American liberal academic Jonathan Haidt which comes to altogether different conclusions – see ‘The Righteous Mind’.

        It’s not really odd to link to the racist Labour party especially since it has wholly unnecessarily imported divisive identity politics from American academia.

        No research to be done on Rotherham – Labour MP Dennis Macshane told us what happened – he among many others said nothing because they “didnt want to rock the multiculturalist boat”.

        Your party. Your denial.

        Your misplaced superiority complex. Your inability to get elected.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        I didn’t select the study – it came to me.
        I’m not a bigot, by the way – that’s an attribute of the mindset highlighted in the article.
        The Labour Party isn’t racist. Your reference to Rotherham is a clear example of that fact, as it refers to an issue caused by certain members, separate from party policy.
        Your bigotry. Your denial. Your misplaced superiority complex. Your inability to understand what’s in front of you.
        You’re right-wing, aren’t you?

  4. Neilth

    Poor PD. Quod erat demonstrandum. My point is that lack of ability to understand complex matters leads to fearful responses to what is often perceived, erroneously, as a threat. Racism, like other prejudiced attitudes, is demonstrably linked to the fear of the misunderstood and there are many psychology studies that support this hypothesis – as opposed to your opinion.

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