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Multiple Scientific Studies Confirm: Extreme Conservatism Linked to Racism, Low I.Q.

An article published at Psychology Today by Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D. of Millennial Media writes about the correlation between far right-wing conservatism, low intelligence and racism.

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Saedi writes,

“Hodson and Busseri (2012) found in a correlational study that lower intelligence in childhood is predictive of greater racism in adulthood, with this effect being mediated (partially explained) through conservative ideology. They also found poor abstract reasoning skills were related to homophobic attitudes which was mediated through authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact.”

We checked the study Hodson and Busseri study, and the abstract certainly does say,

“Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups. In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. A secondary analysis of a U.S. 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. All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models.”

A January 2012 article in the Journal Live Science also cites the Hodsdon-Busseri study,

“There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb…Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice.”

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Indeed, University of Washington Political Science Professor Christopher Parker, author of the new book Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America agrees.

Professor Parker, interviewed by Chris Matthews says,

“What we’ve found out, we’ve come up with something that we called Reactionary Conservatism. What that means is, where as a regular conservative or a more mainstream conservative recognizes change is necessary to avoid revolutionary change, a reactionary conservative actually wants to go back in time. In the book we tie the Tea Party to the Know Nothing party of the 1850s, the Clan of the 1920s, the John Birch Society of the late 1950s and 1960s. It’s the same belief system, Chris, this idea that they’re scared of losing the America that they know and love to these other groups of people.”

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Americans Against the Tea Party reported on this very subject when a white, racist TEApublican CPAC attendee suggested that slavery wasn’t so bad, and that blacks should be thankful they were given food and shelter while they were slaves.

Here’s the interview of Professor Parker by Chris Matthews

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So the next time you’re criticized for pointing out that conservative TEAvangelicals, TEApublicans and Libertarian-types are unintelligent, racist sociopaths – you can say, “It’s a scientific fact.” Of course they don’t believe in science either.

And just for good measure:

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175 comments

  1. WOW! Thoughtless, You hate all government? Did you go to Public School? Or for that matter have you interacted in any way with anything since you were born? Public Parks, or anything funded by “PUBLIC” money ohhhhh Wait you’re on the Internet? I think you are a hypocrite because apparently you shouldn’t be on the Internet… IT WAS originally created and maintained by the Government and then given to the public. That makes it a Socialist program… GET OFF THE INTERNET HYPOCRITE AND GO HOLD A SIGN OUTSIDE walmart with your manifesto instead of using something you so obviously hate!!

  2. Sooooo… conservatives are stupid. No news here. Move along.

  3. This article is written by the same person who paints Muslims as being as American as apple pie… At any rate, Any time the extreme liberals disagree with one’s dislike of Obama, they start yelling “racism”… OF COURSE, there ARE those who don’t like Obama because they are racists; but it is just as true that there are a LOT of people who do not like Obama because of his actions, and would not feel any differently if he were white – or green or polka-dotted, for that matter! Personally, I have always stood in support of non-White’s, after all of the bad history (including that of my ancestors); and in the beginning, I thought that Obama, while inexperienced, might be OK, but after seeing the horrible damage he has brought upon this country, and his narcissistic, anti-American and anti-Israel politics, he has shown that he is horrendous! I despise racists, and generally speaking, they truly do have low IQ’s and are really sorry excuses for people. I believe that a person’s character should be what they are judged on, and their skin color should have no more significance than the color of their eyes. But this article is nothing more than more of the same rhetoric of taking the easy way out and yelling “racism” instead of attempting to go the more difficult [if not impossible] way of attempting to explain why they think this serial prevaricator is OK [when he is not].

    Also see another interesting perspective – by a black journalist: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=554392954595839&set=a.168583359843469.33868.100000754190551&type=1&ref=nf

    • A lot of extremist hate Obama, just because they have been told to by the right wing media, just like they hated Clinton. Although Obama has brought a lot of racist out of the closet and their number one ploy when confronted for their racist remarks is “Not me, you” as in, I’m not the racist you are for pointing out that I’m a racist. Maybe if the regular extremist pointed out the racist around them, they wouldn’t so easily be put into that category, but of coerce they rarely do.
      About Obama you say… “but after seeing the horrible damage he has brought upon this country, and his narcissistic, anti-American and anti-Israel politics, he has shown that he is horrendous!” You clearly are part the the radicals that pretty much go wherever the propaganda leads you. Either that or you have one hell of a drama queen inside of you. Don’t forget to clutch your pearls when you repeat those Fox News lines! And as far as American Muslims, they can be as American as Evangelicals who want to trash or Constitution can be un-American. …I personally consider the faithful of any flavor to be at some level, damaged goods, but not anymore American or un-American than most groups with a selfish agenda.
      (See how I keep calling you an extremist? We can do it too!)

      • LOL :-D some of your writing is incoherent, so that it is not clear what you are trying to say; but your comment about me are way off base! I NEVER follow propaganda – that’s what gets people in trouble… I research things for myself, and come to my own conclusions. My comments about the author was simply to point out that she is BIASED, and therefore is not writing objectively.

        I am not, [as you seem to assume], a christian [of any flavor], and in fact, share heritage with the original Americans – the indigenous ones ;-) – and I am always the one who points out racism when I see it – in fact, I have gotten into big disputes, and been called all sorts of names by racists and crazies for my standing up and speaking out against racism – but the USA is quickly becoming a nation of coddled infants, each demanding his “right” to be swaddled in a cocoon of PC bulls*%# so he doesn’t have to ever hear anything “offensive”. Unfortunately, the rest of the world can be really, seriously, fatally offensive; and a nation of Milquetoasts has no hope of surviving for long… So, I DO rail against racism in all of it’s insidious forms, but trying to yell “racism” when it is not so only reduces credibility.

        I also do not support ANY political group – I don’t buy any of the BS from any of them! But the fact is, Obama is, at best, a communist, but also has very fascist leanings; and he is funding terrorists. He also has blood on his hands for Benghazi – no matter how many ridiculous cover-ups they come up with – and has trampled all over our Constitution. For many reasons, he needs to be impeached. I am not a radical – I am a realist.

        • You made me chuckle. “I NEVER follow propaganda…” The statement might be true, but not in your case, but still it has no meaning. Have you ever met anyone who thinks they follow propaganda?

          I try not to stereotype and like I said, a lot of people hated Clinton, it clearly wasn’t because he was black, most of those same people hate Obama, they would still hate Obama if he was white. You use a lot of descriptive names. sorry, but that is the first sign of someone who is easily led. “he’s this, he’s that, he’s this he’s that!” Communist – fascist, two completely different philosophies that end up hurting, pretty much, the same people. Please explain how he’s both and don ‘t leave out the conservative structure of ACA and how our fascist in the Republican party were not pleased that we didn’t go into Syria with guns blazing, how fast the deficit is dropping, or how high the stock market has grown. The left isn’t happy because he didn’t offer Single Payer or even a Public Option… !! The left also isn’t happy with the spying on Americans. Maybe he’s acting like a moderate republican to fool us into thinking he’s not a commy! Or… you have no idea what your talking about, because you don’t “research” you just look for any shit that agrees with how you feel.

          Here is another sign of being gullible and receptive to propaganda… “He also has blood on his hands for Benghazi – no matter how many ridiculous cover-ups they come up with” What does this mean? It means no matter how many facts you hear that contradict what you feel, you don’t care, you’ve been told to hate Obama and that is what you’re going to do! The only difference between Benghazi consulate and all the other multitude of attacks on American’s consulates and embassies over the last 40 years, is you hate for Obama; you wouldn’t give a f**k otherwise.

          You ever really read the constitution? What are the grounds to impeach a president? Please name what in the constitution he violated that is impeachable? Again, gullible people who eat up propaganda, talk in circles and blabber out an unending stream of accusations. It takes no talent, effort or intelligence to do so.

          Finally, if you want Israel telling you what to do, move to Is real. We should be doing what is best for America first, not Israel first. Israel is a friend, not a master, kneeling down and kissing Israels ass, isn’t being pro Israel, it’s being stupid.

          • No, communist & fascist are NOT “two completely different philosophies” – while having some differences, they actually have some great similarities… perhaps you should do some research yourself on the subject.
            The crap about Benghazi are not “facts” as you say – they have repeatedly lied from day one… and those killed there who asked for help from terrorist groups were just all in jest, I guess?
            Yes, I have read the Constitution. But the whole point here is that this article is implying that all who dislike Obama are racists, and are of low intelligence. You are going off in another direction entirely… and I HAVE lived in Israel; and you speak of Israel “telling us what to do” – that’s absurd – Obama has, several times, tried to tell Israel [a sovrein nation] what to do, [and with ZERO comprehension of the true history there either]. So, you’ve got that backwards.
            You are certainly entitled to your opinion, as am I; but I’m simply saying that it is asinine to claim that all who dislike Obama are ignorant racists… and I’m not going to keep going back and forth with this. Keep your opinion and welcome, and I’ll keep mine.

          • Actually, yes Communism and Fascist are very different philosophies. One is based on economic equality the other is based on nationalism, violence and war, how different they are is the only opinion. I’m guessing the WWII Germans and Russians would have a thing to say about it! Obama is neither, it is ignorance, not opinion to say he is. What has he done that is equal to a communist or a fascist? The statement is laughably ignorant. That is the subject of this thread. You, like most people with a lower IQ, per these studies, make your claims based propaganda and feelings, not facts. The facts around Benghazi are what they are, and from your comments, you’re completely ignorant on the issues and the issues we have had with American consulates and embassies over the last 40 years. If you cared about the men that died in Benghazi, you would care about all the others that died in truly questionable situations, like the report stating “Bin Ladin determined to strike in US” that was ignored. Or the fact that the house Republicans refused to increase security funding for our embassies before the Benghazi attack. Or the fact that the days leading up to Benghazi there were riots at other embassies directly related to those videos, why wouldn’t it be the same issue AND as the NYT just released, it was part of the problem. In all of your blabbering, you have still, even after calling you out on it, repeated more claims, but no specifics. It is your nature, per this article, to fall for propaganda, to be easily played and to not have any real argument, just talking point claims; you fit the description of a low IQ conservative to a T.

          • I believe that Israel has used the US for many years, I do not believe Obama is against or has caused any harm to them.Finally we have a president who understands there are differing views in this world, Israel has the right to defend them selves from invaders, but they have infringed on the rights of others by building homes where they signed an agreement not to. I believe Obama has the best interest of human kind. Not just of Americans but of all citizens of the earth. We need to learn a little compassion in this county that does NOT affect our purses.

        • Republicans cut the funding to embassy security; they get attacked, and it is the president’s fault. How does that add up? You must think that he is some kind of superhero.
          We also need to let Israel fight it’s own battles. They will never know peace. War is in their genes.

        • teabaggers always bring stupid to a whole new level everyday.

        • Swaddled eh…? Because heaven forbid we start being politically correct again. How exactly has Obama trashed this nation again? And I swear if you say benghazi I will chew your ass out…

    • One other thing, you state “…see another interesting perspective by a black journalist” why would you assume that anybody reading this would care what color journalist is as opposed to his name and what he says? At the link itself, the poster suggests Liberals can’t somehow disagree, because the guys black. You do realize that the color of the journalist skin has absolutely nothing to do with whether he is full of shit or not? Where did you come up with that idea? Oh, Fox news, I forgot. That journalist is blabbering the same nonsense you are, nothing you can back up, nothing that can stand outside of your echo chamber. Most of you radicals ideologues, you do not care what the facts are we could show you time and time again that you’re wrong you’ll just assume it’s a trick and believe you’re right. Like the halftime governor of Alaska, there just gotcha questions.

    • You make a claim that the author is just another liberal crying “racism”, and that he/she is biased. Your claim could not be more inaccurate. The author is citing the results of a scientific study. The study, if you choose to use the Internet and read it, is not biased and has almost indisputable results. It has a huge sample base (over 15000) and showed predictability in a follow up study (one of the highest markers of scientific accuracy). So, unlike your opinion which is based on “drawing your own conclusions” (the very definition of biased), this author uses scientifically proven evidence to prove their case.

    • WOW? Y* Well, no amount of facts or studies peer reviewed or not will convince a person like you. You are a Sheeple of the worst kind. Oddly, the studies actually confirm your ilk by your unswerving denial that Fascism is not the same as Communism… They are not similis they are juxtaposed to each other. Why would Fascist states have been wiped out by Commmunist Socialist, Democratic, Monarchical Republicanism, and even dictator states, if in fact they were the same? Fasicst states banded together in WWII and lost to every other kind of government in the world. The only fasicst state to survive past WWII was Spain only because it had already spent it’s wad in a nasty civil war over the same thing and that eventually fell. No, everyone if you want to argue what is fascist and what is Commmunism you first should study a little Poli sci before you jump into a conversation written by those who have… It, uh, proves the point made by the article and the studies confirmed… Do you really want to do that? Well, too late you did…

  4. I am sure this might have been an interesting essay but this website is so poorly designed that I could barely follow it. Start over and fix your website. Make it normal, at least.

  5. I love science.

  6. Where are the facts behind this propaganda? Go into the inner cities and spellcheck.

    • If your comment is a defense for the tea party by attacking other people’s inability to spell simple words, you might want to reconsider your criticism and google tea party signs, it’s pretty hilarious

    • Read the studies cited in it. Oh, right: You’re a Tea Bagging idiot, so you forgot to do that.

    • Because there’s absolutely NO connection between poverty and a poor education. All those poor whites are able to construct grammatically correct sentences, perform higher-level maths, and understand complex physics.

      Just remember: when you decide that non-whites shouldn’t benefit from help, you condemn whites to the same lack of education.

  7. We didn’t need any studies to prove this.
    One drive-by channel surfing past FAUX NOISE proves how ko0ok crazy these retards are.

  8. Having clearly established that the TEA party are entirely racist morons, there still remains a major question. To what organization are intelligent, non-racist people who believe that social programs have grown too large and unwieldy, and that this administration has sadly doubled-down on the Constitutional abuses of the Bush administration, supposed to turn?

    • Socio-anarchism or Libertarianism is what you are looking for depending on how much power you want to give The State.

    • Bartoletti, you might agree about the Tea Party, but you could still be dealing with the world on the same propaganda that was created to play the Tea Party. One of those things is thinking social programs are the problem. A better economy fixes a lot of the social spending. What also would help, policies that force business to pay all the cost of doing business; if there isn’t enough profit to pay the cost of the employees, without “social programs” being needed, maybe there isn’t enough demand for your product? Are you ignoring Walmarts involvement in politics to keep that public tax money rolling in? Are you anti union, thinking the only group that doesn’t need a unified voice are people who work for a living, believing labor has no real “barter” value and we should take what the Chamber of Commerce gives us and shut up? Would you think a business that runs a hug deficit every year, puts no money into capital improvements and at the same time pays the top executives huge bonuses every year is a bad business, but can’t understand an economy that does the same thing, is a problem, just the top 1% are the top executives?
      Our other problems come from the military-industrial complex, there is hug profit in the surveillance of everyone and selling things that explode. You actually thing Obama or even Bush (if he had wanted to) could do anything about it, especially while you’re looking the other way?

      • Thank you. When are people going to wake up and realize all this infighting is just a way to distract us until the 1% has enough power and bought legislators to take over, shut down the government, and become the rulers? Naw, you little pawns can’t see beyond tomorrow and how pissed you are at your neighbors. You’re winning the war for them while they sit around and laugh at you.

  9. i don’t like any government at all. i think on my own, i follow my conscience instead of man-made laws, and i AM MY OWN GOVERNMENT. how about THAT? Free thinker alert.

    • Probably don’t like roads, schools, protection from our military either. Guess when your house burns to the ground you won’t need that fire department to come save your dumb ass either?

      • Also, that fire department & police department are examples of Socialism (so is Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid & the ACA)….all these things will one day save your ass Wesley Gray but ignorance is not Socialistic it is as Forrest Gump said best: “stupid is as stupid does”.

  10. Would liberals please explain what happened to Detroit? In 1950, it was 80% white, the Arsenal of Democracy, the Paris of the West, and had 1.8 million people. Today, it is 88% black, has only 700,000 people, and looks like Mogadishu.

    • Detroit fell victim to blockbusting, a process through which real estate agents and agencies sent agents throughout the city. Using racism to scare the people who were living in those long established neighborhood’s, they convinced a lot of residents to move out to the burgeoning subdivisions throughout southeast Michigan.

      Other cities fell victim to blockbusting, but not as largely as Detroit. Before blockbusting was curbed legally, the damage was done. There were other factors for the demographic shift in Detroit’s population, but none had a greater factor than using race to scare people to purchase homes to the benefit of the builders and real estate companies at the time.

      The history of blockbusting was researched and published in The Detroit Free Press about ten years ago, and a detail search will reveal that wonderfully written article.

      Sorry, but it wasn’t the black population that “suddenly moved into Detroit” overnight. It was fear, greed, and idiocy.

      • Libtard logic at its finest. Even when no white people are around to commit the crimes, it’s still white peoples fault. Because there is no way that anyone is ever in the wrong unless of course they are straight, white, and male.

        • That’s not what he was talking about at all, but I think I can explain it for you, since you clearly know nothing about sociology. The black population was already there, and white real estate agents scared the innocent white people into the suburbs. The entire 1950s decade was marked by mass exodus by whites out of the cities and into suburbs as the middle class grew. Unfortunately, so did racism in society, thanks to tactics like the aforementioned ones, so the blacks were left behind in the cities, not having the same job opportunities as whites, so they were stuck. Over time, Detroit fell into disrepair because of other factors, like the auto industry taking a huge hit, and as we’ve seen time and again all over the world, anytime there is prolonged economic hardship, society gets ugly. It has nothing to do with the fact that they’re black- whites would respond the same way if the roles were reversed. You’re just a racist, and prove everything in this article to be true.

          • Not directly, but it’s always implied in progressive propaganda. This sounds like a conspiracy theory to me, cooked up by someone who is so terrified of his own positions’ rhetoric that he can’t call what’s obvious. It’s not racist to say that a group of people is at fault, if they are in fact at fault. I’m not saying that ALL black people are criminals, or that ALL black people are bad or violent in general. That would be racist. But the ones in Detroit certainly are, because there are no white people left there to blame. The author concocts a cockamamie story about some conspiracy to get white and other middle class people to move out of town (they probably wanted to move considering all the crime in the inner city), subtly blaming not the group of criminals who are committing the crimes but white people. Rather than lay blame where is belongs you libtards are always trying to pin it on white, conservative, and often single males. YOU ARE THE RACIST, SIR. It’s not surprising you can’t see it. Racism is an emotional disease after all.

          • I read John’s response. Don’t even bother trying to put well reasoned thought out arguments out there. He clearly cant comprehent it. He thinks block busting, a historical event that led to reforms in real estate law, are a conspiracy. He probably thinks that about the great depression and the Holocaust are conspiracies too…

    • All the great Auto jobs are now scattered all over mexico, south america, and asia. Because the big three got sick of giving money to the workers

  11. How about posting a link to your sources? Some of us might like to read the study.

  12. Firstly this study appears to have set out to prove something, not to determine something. Conservatives, don’t get your knickers in a bunch. This study in no way proves that conservatives are any dumber and less racist that liberals since there is no representative sampling of liberals. Perhaps both groups are dumb racists. Just read some of the comments posted here. In my experience both liberals and conservatives at times seem like a group of intolerant, low IQ folks.

    • I wouldn’t be too quick to gloat about the results of this study. Even if the study isn’t flawed, this study in no way suggests liberals are any smarter or less racist. It’s always baffling to me why so many liberals feel a need to “prove” their superiority to conservatives. Do liberals suffer from some form of mental insecurity? Do liberals doubt the strength of the logic behind their arguments? Instead liberals often focus on name calling and personal attacks.

      • The study doesn’t purport to show that liberals are smarter or less racist than main-stream conservatives. What it says is that less intelligent people tend to prefer conservative ideologies. (Imo this is because conservative ideologies, especially in respect to religion, claim to know the capital T Truth of the matter and are rigidly hierarchical, so thinking and understanding is not required, only obedience.) This in turn fosters groupish or tribal social structures, which rely on their cohesion and uniformity to reinforce their common ideology. As a consequence, they have little exposure to outside groups, and tend to demonize those different from them. The end result is tightly knit, closed minded group with below average analytic thinking skills who feel threatened by anything that challenges their ideology, and thus reinforce their positions through the use of hostile rhetoric, appeal to authority, and a simplistic naturalism that confirms their inherent superiority to everyone they fear.

        It’s not that liberals are smarter than conservatives, it’s that stupid people gravitate toward right-wing conservatism, and right-wing conservatism fosters bigotry. QED.

      • This study doesn’t suggest that, true enough, but other similar studies have indicated that the more intelligent and better educated the person, the more likely he or she will hold liberal views – which isn’t to say there are no intelligent, well educated conservatives. There are. But you likely won’t find them watching Fox News or carrying misspelled signs at Tea Party rallies.

  13. I guess it’s easier to be stupid than to actually do work, educate oneself and be smart!

  14. People who have the mental facility can overcome the prejudice they were taught as a child….those who do not have it stick with those ideas because they dont have anything to replace it and cant conceive of anything .once they leave junior high it is set in concrete

  15. You forgot about a very racist organization that the Democrats support whose founder worked closely with the German Nazis on racial cleansing, the founder being Margaret Sanger and the group Planned Parenthood.

    • AATTP

      Oh, for Christ’s sake. Take another guzzle of Kool-Aid before anything true can seep into your broken brain, Catherine.

    • You have just proven the point of the article. Thank you for your ignorance.

    • Oh Catherine, do you sometimes eat, forget to open your mouth and poke yourself in the eye with a fork?

    • William Coleman

      Islam is another spectrum for this subset.Using science to propound this theory is a waste of time.Pseudo intellectual garbage I say.

    • Wrong, the Nazi’s were Republican extremists. Hilter’s private army was even called the Republican Army. Try looking something up before posting stupidity.

    • Catherine, you would appear to be exactly the sort of person this article is about.

    • Just commenting on a few things I’ve read along the way: The whole Margaret Sanger thing is, to my understanding, largely a myth. Sure, she may have been a racist, but so were most people back then, by today’s standards, there is no solid proof she was a Nazi supporter. Also, even if it IS true, that’s clearly not the ideology of PP now, and it’s unfair to judge it by one person almost 100 years ago. Btw Catherine, Democrat does not mean liberal. Pretty much every major Democrat today (cough OBAMA cough) is in no way a liberal.

      As for the whole Hitler/Nazi thing, the National Socialist Party was an intentionally misleading name. Hitler hated Socialism and Communism, and when he broke his treaty with Stalin called him and the Bolsheviks “the scum of humanity”…..did we REALLY need to spell that out for you? It’s obvious he wasn’t a socialist. And no, “Dear Leader” is not a socialist/commie, you say that as if it’s been a proven fact…..maybe it has in the trailer park in rural Kansas that you come from, but not in the rest of the country.

  16. *sigh* Do a little research before you waste all your hate, prejudice and intolerance based on an incredibly flawed “study”. “Gordon Hodson and Michael A Busseri’s study has been described as ‘a contender for the worst use of statistics in an original paper ever’ by Dr William M Briggs, Professor of Statistical science at Cornell.” http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=5118

  17. We have samples from time immemorial that the rich try to own everything and do anything and everything in there power to keep everyone else in poverty. The rich rule everyone else. We also have irrefutable evidence that the conservative (reference the previous sentence) does not work well for society in general but only for the very rich. So for a change we here in the US are in the process of changing this to make a country that works for the masses and trying to wipe out poverty. It seemed to start working when the power hungry rich found out that there were people out there that actually had something and became the middle class. We cannot have that. This is different from time honored ways where the rich own everything. So they are trying to take us to times past where the rich are again the owners of everything. But with their lower IQ’s for the poor people that seem to follow the rich they can be brain washed very easily. How else can you explain that the poor still vote for the ideology that is directly against their own best interests?

  18. I live in Arizona, and my route to work coincides with that of a man with a Hummer. On top of that Hummer, he has a whip antenna… and hanging by a rope with a noose is a stuffed monkey with a “Nobama” pin on it.

    He might as well have his KKK robes hanging off his gun rack. It is precisely this kind of person who likes the Tea Party.

  19. While I would love to say that these “studies” actually prove something – I don’t think they do. It is fear and not I.Q. that determines racism and extremism (IMHO). I won’t go on forever here – but I wrote a response on my blog if anyone is interested in reading it.

    http://tolerantpeople.com/2013/04/27/ignorance-is-bliss/

    • Ignorance breeds fear! If you are on a dark road and hear a noise behind you you are frightened, however if that road is suddenly illuminated and you see a bear coming up behind you and a house only a short distance away you are not nearly so frightened. So yes fear of the unknown and racism are a sign of ignorance. Add to that the fact that these people ridicule others for being educated and I think you have incontrovertible proof that they are either ignorant or stupid.

      • Doesn't Wanna Get Eaten

        I disagree with only one point of your argument. If I see a bear behind me, I’m crapping my pants whether I see a good place to run or not. lol

      • Ignorance is not the same thing as low cognitive ability. Ignorance is something easily overcome, one simple must decide to learn what they do not know. However low cognitive ability means they do not have the capacity to understand that which they do not know. Please keep your terminology straight when arguing on the internet. That being said, I will weigh in with my two cents about this. Anecdotal evidence from my own life does seem to support the hypothesis that “low I.Q. leads to greater prejudice and racism”. I have found many a flaming idiot screaming about how Obama is ruining this country. These people completely forget, or maybe they never knew in the first place, that George W. Bush was in office when our economy went to hell. Obama is presiding over the greatest economic turnaround since we clawed our way out of The Great Depression. We got out of The Great Depression while lead by a Democrat as well. But I digress. Simply put, anyone with even basic observational skills and some honesty will tell you the dumbest people typically are the most racist or generally intolerant members of a society. OK I am done, time for bed.

    • But fear is fed by lack of education. Or rather, education is the best defense against ignorant fear.

  20. Is there any way we can require an IQ test and an IQ of at least 100 to vote?

    • You do realize that the Iraq war would never have happened if an IQ of at least 100 were a requirement to vote don’t you? Dubya and nearly all of his followers would never have been allowed to vote.

    • Ummm… The IQ test isn’t a general test, but a test that judges whether or not a person is ready for University Collage courses… There are many other types of “smarts” out there; street smarts, musical smarts, textbook smarts etc. In the midst of chaos, I’d follow a person who ranks high in street smarts over someone who scored high on any standardized test…

  21. It’s fascinating to observe some mechanism at work here that allowed so few of us commenters to avoid trading supercilious if sometimes erudite barbs, this one included. If any of us are so smart, we’d best start figuring out how to get along….

  22. You have one study, the Hodson and Busseri study, and a political science professor hocking his new book? Did you even notice this little note from the Hodson/Busseri study?:

    ‘Notes
    1. We focused on social-cultural conservatism rather than economic
    conservatism, given that the former is more clearly related to prejudice
    (Jost et al., 2003; Van Hiel et al., 2010).’

    I fail to see how this study indicts all conservatives. The social conservatives who make racist & homophobic comments, sure. But how the heck do you go from there to ‘Libertarian-types’ in the same jump? Would you really argue that the study describes Gary Johnson as well as Todd Akin or Rush Limbaugh?

  23. Lincoln was wrong: he should have let The South seceede

    • I tend to agree. I think several more nations in North America would be more manageable and cooperative than just three. I also think the imperialist American mindset might then be confined to whatever would have been included in USA. Finally, I see supposed intelligence and IQ does not eradicate bigotry, regionalism, or generalizations about certain groups of people. I cite your comment as an example.

  24. I can see how Extreme Liberalism can be linked to low I.Q. as well, even if they are more likely to have come from higher education.. regurgitation of information is different from critical thinking.

    I think that Libertarians have, by far, the highest I.Q. compared to Liberals and Conservatives.

    • There are no libertarians anymore. Those calling themselves libertarians today are mostly young punks who, like any spoiled child, want no rules of any kind. Read Emma Goldman, you will find her views mirror those of today’s “libertarian.” That is anarchy.

      • So are rules and laws!!!! Look at politicians and lawyers!!! It is human nature to buck the system. They look for loopholes to bend the system. That is ANARCHY!!! Every single law is a form of oppression or discrimination. Why do we have criminals!!! They don’t want to be told how to live. That’s why our forefathers designed this system to prevent the government from doing what it has been. Like all Empires this one is failing!!! England failed we took over and now we are failing!!!! Human nature does not change and history keeps repeating itself!!!!

    • lol

      Libertarians tend to be just smart enough to know something’s wrong, but lack the critical thinking to get past conservative economic dogma and realize actual solutions to complex problems.

      Let’s not go tooting your own horn so quickly, pal.

    • Well, libertarians certainly have the highest self-regard of any political ideology. But considering how many support flat earth notions like the gold standard, removing all or most regulations on business, and often support conspiracy theories such as Trutherism or anti-vax, I can’t say I have much regard for their reasoning skills.

    • Reporting reality (and history) to ideologues who would rather continue begging billionaires to trickle on them than align themselves with the “other” because of their inherent racism is not “regurgitation of information,” my sad CON. It’s called “having a clue.”

    • Libertarians are Republicans who want to smoke dope and get laid. Go. Do. Come back when you’re used to those things. We’ll discuss the rest then.

    • As rebuttal to the theory of ‘high IQ Libertarians, I offer four words: Rand Paul, Ron Paul…. Say ‘Goodnight Gracie’…

    • Libertarians live in a dream world, which you pretty much proved by your comment.

    • You just made me laugh so hard my coffee is coming out of my nose – libertarians are the most willfully ignorant voters in the country-

  25. This study was done “across the pond.” How does the British definition of Left-Wing vs Right-Wing and Conservative and Liberal differ from that in the USA?

    • One data set was from the UK, another from the US had similar results:

      “A secondary analysis of a U.S. 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.”

  26. Have you seen the criticism of the study Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri of Brock University?

    You may want to look at it here: http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=5118

    Here are some quotes:

    “They gathered two large data sets from the UK, one started in 1958 (NCDS), the other in 1970 (BCS); about 16,000 individuals in total, roughly equal numbers of males and females. The quizzed the groups when they reached 11 and 10 years old on their “intelligence”; they then came back to these individuals when they were 33 and 30 and asked them about their “socially conservative ideology and racism.”

    The authors do not say how many people they used in their analysis; how many individuals were lost in the 20 years between surveys is not noted in their paper. [Briggs] read of the NCDS website (pdf) makes the loss about 30%. That leaves about 11,000.”

    “The NCDS (pdf) also had available the Peabody Individual Achievement Test Math and Reading sub-scales which were not used as intelligence measures. ”

    “According to the NCDS (pdf), there were about 50 questions, of which only 13 were used.”

  27. Was this a peer reviewed study? Where can I see the data?

  28. All that you have to do is listen to the wing nuts , like Rush The Hutt, to see how brain dead his audience must be.

  29. They even left out the study that showed conservative brains have larger amygdala than liberal brains. The amygdala is responsible for fear response. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201104/conservatives-big-fear-brain-study-finds

  30. To all commentators: Thank you for proving these studies to be true. Notice the grammatical content of each response. And this page even spell-checks for you!

    • Now now, John I think you’re being too harsh. I had one of these idiots chastise me yesterday for being mean to him because he is dyslexic and that is the reason his spelling sucks.

    • Hahaha! Gotta love this sort of comment from a guy that starts a sentence with a conjunction….

      • It has been stated in style guides for “American English” that starting a sentence with a conjunction has actual “no historical or grammatical foundation” what so ever.

  31. Does anyone else find it ironic that everyone carrying an anti-”Obamacare” sign is retirement age–and probably on Medicare? Yet they are against “socialized” medicine? Huh?

    • i am old (78), on medicare, have kept the suppliment that I had when ACA was passed, my choice, I LOVE OBAMA, my decision was based on my experience with the company I am with. Everyone old does not hate obama, I may be wrong but I assume most of these pictures were of wealthy retirees in Florida.

  32. Well, DUHHH!

  33. This comes under the same “breaking news” heading as “the sun rises in the east” and “water is wet.”

  34. Three pairs of college freshmen do not comprise a “scientific team”. Few of the pictures could be consider “racist”, and they were all truthful (we thought only islamist went ballistic over cartoon of ‘their prophet’). democrat/socialists are all for freedom of speech until they don’t like what they hear (read) and they have no comeback. If a black Tea Party member, black Conservative, or black Republican even read these signs in public, you would label them a racist also. If a black democrat/socialist said these same things in public, on the street, or it was your black homies sitting next to you sucking on a blunt, you would not DARE call them a racist. democrat/socialists always play the “experts all agree” card when trying to convince others that their lies are true, but letters behind your name do not make a lie any less than a bald-faced LIE! They found a group of signs and put them on a video. How many hundred rallies did they have to go to collecting these pictures? How do we know this is not a klan rally, not a Tea Party Rally? A dead giveaway is, there are NO MINORITIES IN THE CROWD! You children are too young to fool a mature adult. I could do the same thing with democrat/socialists, but I could use footage from the 1950-60’s, when ALL the perpetrators were DEMOCRATS! I can go all the way back past President Lincoln, when the Republican Party was founded, specifically to END SLAVERY! If the democrat/socialist have to always try to elevate themselves by putting fellow Americans down, and STANDING ON THEM, they are not fit to call themselves Americans! I attended my first Tea Party Rally, and a montage from that single event would dispel all the perceived hatred portrayed in this so-called video (even that is a lie – this is a slide show of still picture, NOT A VIDEO). I noticed that some thought is was so vile, they could not even look at it, yet I would bet my life, every one of you has watch pornography, and committed adultery, NUMEROUS TIMES IF NOT DAILY! In fact, “scientific studies” shows, democrat/socialist are more likely to shack up, have multiple abortions, be poison addicts, divorce, practice homosexuality, and have a lower character in every category, than Conservatives. Don’t think you can pick out the bad apples from any group and convince Conservatives that the whole group is bad. I noticed on Conservative talk shows, that liberals regularly call in and thank the host for converting them, simply by revealing The Truth! I have listen to public talk radio. I noticed they are taxpayer funded because no one will pay for (advertise on) their BS shows. I noticed there are only two or three socialist shows on the whole radios, because they cannot survive on their own merit and content. I notice I NEVER heard a conservative call in to say they converted by listening to the facts on the socialist state-owned media toilet. History shows that if you had no Tea Party to hate, you would hate each other. How many wars were their in Europe? How many Europeans hate America today, yet we are comprised of their decedents? What color were the people that started (and ended) both world wars? Yet democrat/socialists talk all cumbaya, and then enslave every minority and every lower caste white person with the cattle prod of “welfare”, out of false humanity, false humility, and false guilt!

    • So, you must be one of the statistics of this research…..

      • Wow, I think everything is covered in this long dissertation. This is wrong… on so many levels. I was doubting the study about Ultra Conservatives… until I read this.

    • 4per, you need to get back on your meds. You’re frothing again.

    • Affirmation of the study’s conclusions–right here. Too many syllables? Let me make this easier—You. Are. Exactly. What. The. Book. Says. You. Are.

    • Weston Progressive

      Thank you for validating this study.

    • Oh, man… this comment is like one of those Highlights Magazine back covers where you end up dizzy and winded from trying to find all the things that are wrong in the picture. “yet I would bet my life, every one of you has watch pornography, and committed adultery, NUMEROUS TIMES IF NOT DAILY! ” – best laugh i’ve had in awhile. as a liberal dirtbag, i DO commit adultery MULTIPLE TIMES EACH DAY, while sucking on a blunt with my black homies. it’s like this person has a special window right into my soul.

    • The researchers must be gratified to see their theory in action here.

    • No need to answer all of your claims, one will suffice. The Republican Party was NOT founded on the premise of abolishing slavery. It’s intent was simply to stop the spread of slavery to NEW states, not end it where it already existed. Like they say, once your veracity has been proven questionable on one point anything else you say is questionable. Oh, and by the way Lincoln freed NO ONE, the Emancipation Proclamation applied only to the states in rebellion and they weren’t about to follow any edict from him since they didn’t recognize his authority. All slaves held in the northern states at the time were, in fact, still slaves even as far as Lincoln was concerned.

    • WOW!

      signed
      “practicing homosexual”

    • LOL. Thank you for providing even more proof of the validity of the study results.

    • So glad you are the good Christian you think you are and hate not one bone of hate and would never “bear false witness” against anyone. I would suggest you do a little fact checking before you write anything and learn some comprehension skills when looking at these photos.

    • SO which study were you the subject of? Your spell-check free, grammatically flawed diatribe (that’s “rant” to you conservative types) shows that the study was 100% correct. Let me guess, you’re also a big fan of that psychotic moron, Glenn Beck.

    • I really hope you’re a troll.

    • Quite a few lies there dippy… Fyi, the tea party and kkk are eessentially one and the same.

      • False. While The Tea Party and The KKK do share SOME common beliefs about the current state of The Union, there are MANY differences between the two. I can’t believe I am arguing against you people, I am a registered Democrat.

    • I honestly tried to read all the way through your single paragraph rant, but I couldn’t do it. It’s just too much text all at once. Large blocks of text such as your rant are not advisable if one wants their post to be taken seriously. Not to mention the copious capitalization, spelling, sentence structure and word tense issues. The only good thing I have to say about it is that at least it was not all one sentence and you at least attempted to adhere to proper punctuation rules.

      What kind of bullcrap revised history have you been force-fed? The Republican Party was not founded to END slavery, simply to prevent it from spreading to new states. Republicans, for the most part, were completely fine with having slavery in the existing states, just not new ones.

      Few of the pictures could be considered racist? We must have different definitions of racism, because I see elements of racism in EACH of them. If not out and out, it is implied through image or tone. Implied racism is still racism.

      Also, thanks for the assumption, but I have never watched pornography in my life. Of course, it depends on what one defines as pornography, though it can still be said that I have not watched pornography. And as for committing adultery, well, since I’m not married, I can’t very well commit it, can I?

      Sincerely,
      A filthy liberal college student.

      P.S. You see what I have done with my post? Breaking it up into easily readable chunks? You should try it sometime.

    • Hey ’4percenter’, could you translate for us? We don’t speak dumb-a**. You’re the epitome of ignorance, and a case in point for the experiment mentioned above. You need to stop watching Fox News.

    • You see. You had me until you started talking about mythical creatures… you know – black Teapublicans. You might as well have claimed there was a black Klansman as well. Then again, considering the two groups’ ideology, that would be pretty much the same thing.

      Here’s a riddle for you… a black Teapublican, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and a compassionate conservative come to an intersection where a $100 bill lays. Who picks it up first? The answer? No one… because none of them really exist.

      Anyway, I bet you’re also against any legislation that makes stronger background checks to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people because that means “they’re trying to take your guns away”. Those mean ol’ people making you take those mental health tests with all those confusing questions.

      Don’t worry, cupcake. Your secret is safe with me. ;-)

    • You spent too much time wasting words. You only needed one- racist.

    • Christine Dannemont

      So, that’s 4 percent of your brain that’s working? Amazing. I think we just found the missing link between ape and man.

      And FYI, public broadcasting is non-profit. Legally, they CAN’T run commercials, you blithering one-celled excuse for sentience. However, they are sponsored by various grants and by contributions from businesses and individuals, so your argument that they ‘can’t get anyone to support them’ is as baseless as, well…pretty much everything else you said.

      I hope you’re a troll. Really. Otherwise, I’m going to have nightmares about your contributions to the gene pool.

    • I see you support anti-intellectualism. Oops, is that too big of a word for you?

    • Looks like this article stirs up a lot of emotions, but when the dust settles everyone really knows who the racist, bigots are. No titles or labels necessary. You know and I know and we all know who you are. Simple as that. You can put lip stick on a pig . . . (still a pig). If my comment makes you angry or uncomfortable . . . gotcha!

    • I think someone just realized they’re stupid. That’s why 4pecker or whatever just exploded stupid all over his computer screen. Much like I do when I watch my pornography whilst committing adultery. As far as that headache it got after reading the article, that would be an aborted epiphany.

  35. Do we really need to spend so much money on studies that support the obvious? The sad fact is that the people who most need to understand the correlations of these findings either cannot read the conclusions or discount it out of hand as hogwash.

    • Yes. But sometimes results are actually surprising and what seems obvious turns out not to be. When studies support common observations then they help to not only provide unbiased confirmation, it can narrow down what exactly is and isn’t true, how strong that correlation is, and what factors influence the results. And you don’t have to have a lot of letters behind your name to come up with some good solid studies. You are right though that it seems that most often the people that really need to understand the results of these studies are the ones least likely to listen, let alone believe in what they say.

      • These studies are all science, and, since conservatives fear, cannot comprehend or accept science, they will refute the obvious. After all, “it ain’t in the Bible”, right?

  36. I’ve been saying this for years.

  37. It’s interesting to see the conflation of religion, conservatism, racism, and homophobia evident in the visual examples given.

    Interesting, too, how appealing and repetitive some of the memes are! Men and women (black only, of course!) with chimp faces, stick figures, in fact all the things that small children find appealing and accessible.

    “…and my wrath will fall upon you unto the fourth generation.” Surely it’s not a rolling count?

  38. Malinda Walker Chilcote

    And THESE people are reproducing

  39. Nice video. It was spot on. Just can’t wait in three mor years our country will be 20 trillion in debt. That should be real good for us. Thanks obama

    • Why would you blame the President for our debt? Presidents cannot spend anything that is not authorized by Congress and since the Teapubs in the House won’t give him anything, even if he asks for something they previously supported and the minority Teapubs in the Senate misuse the filibuster to keep anything meaningful from getting done there, I’d say everything falls squarely on the shoulders of the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    • Thank Bush and the GOP.

    • Congress creates the budget, not the President. Nice try, though.

    • pretty sure most of that debt is due to the war he is having problems ending (which he was elected to stop, if he’s’s guilty of anything it’s breaking an election promise), and the war before that, and the war before that. I wonder how much money america would have if it decided to, under no circumstances, go to war with ANYONE for 5 even 10 years. to get an idea check how much money they’ve spent on the Iraq war. those numbers I don’t have. of course if the tea-party has anything to say about it you’d be at war for the next 50. and frankly Obama was handed a shit hand and a country where at least most of the south (that what it looks like anyway) hates him simply cause he’s black and they’ve been told to. the fact that he got elected again and he’s still sane is a testament to how awesome he is…..if nothing else.

  40. Nice to see how all the pictures you show are white people as if they are the only ones capable of racist thought.

    • No but we do make up the lion’s share of the Teapubs and have the majority of racists among us.

    • now why would any be racist against whites?

    • I think it’s kind of silly to see that one statement means the the opposite couldn’t be true. I imagine you’re experiencing some form of cognitive dissonance from the test results, trying to come up with something to argue against. Everyone knows everyone is capable of any thought, it’s one of those things that doesn’t need to be said because it’s already understood by those with half a brain. But the reality is still there, that these are white guys who clearly are very racist. Again, this doesn’t mean that racism doesn’t exist in any other form and I’m not sure why you would think it does. But then again, perhaps the results of this survey might explain that…..

  41. I started to watch the video of all the morons with their racist signs but I couldn’t watch the whole thing…it’s vile.
    I’m not at all surprised to find that these idiots are, in fact, IDIOTS.
    What sends chills down my back is we’ve given these imbeciles licenses to own and carry firearms. People have talked for years about a civil war here in America–a race war, or a terrorist uprising. I’m far more fearful of these low IQ whack jobs target practicing in the woods of Appalachia for the day the government comes to take their guns.

    • I am with you. I started watching the hate video but could not stand it past the third photo and shut it off. I have always been fearful of Obama in office because we never know what Bigoted Idiot lurks in the shadows just waiting to take him out. My only hope is that he makes it through his Presidency and that when Hilary gets into office she does not have to endure the same bigotry as this wonderful man.

      • Hillary is a woman. Therefore, she will get it twice as bad as Obama has gotten it. Mark my words. Women are on the very bottom rung when it comes to prejudice and discrimination.

        • You, ma’am, are the perfect example of what this article is talking about. To stereotype all women as prejudicial and discriminatory is one of the most ignorant comments I have heard come out of anyone’s mouth, “mark my words.”

          • Bill, you misunderstand Mary’s words. Mary said that will be s**t on far more than Barack due to, through no fault of her own, being a woman.
            Mary said, “Women are on the very bottom rung when it comes to prejudice and discrimination.” meaning that women receive the most s**t while us white men stand pristine at the top, s**tting on all of our lessers… as you so brilliantly demonstrated with your utter lack of reading comprehension skills.

    • Videos like this make me want to wade through their ranks with a baseball bat, seeing how far I can knock their heads. People as racist, stupid and hateful as these don’t deserve the freedoms our forefathers fought for.

  42. Simple observation told me that long ago! Glad to have my observations corroborated scientifically.

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