A UK study shows that children with low IQs grow up with conservative beliefs.
“As suspected, low intelligence in childhood corresponded with racism in adulthood. But the factor that explained the relationship between these two variables was political: When researchers included social conservatism in the analysis, those ideologies accounted for much of the link between brains and bias,” LifeScience wrote.
Lead researcher Gordon Hodson, of Brock University in Ontario, concluded that people with low IQs are attracted to the hierarchy and structure in socially conservative institutions.
Now, obviously, this comes CRAMMED with caveats. There are lots of brilliant minds who are conservative, even if we might disagree with them, and there are certainly some downright morons who are liberal.
The part that’s more interesting to me, truthfully, is the correlation between low IQs and deference to authority (implied in the attraction toward hierarchy). Conservatives are frequently authoritarian, more than happy to get down on their knees in front of the police, the military, politicians, Church officials, and powerful CEOs. The idea is generally that if someone is in a position of power, they’re somehow better* than everyone else.
*unless that person is the nebulous ‘government’ that is supposedly the cause of all of our woes. Or a Democrat.