There seems to be a correlation between educational level and ideology.
People who support political ideology on the right tend to be less intelligent than those on the left, and people with low intelligence during childhood, when they grow up, have racist and anti-gay views , says a controversial study recently conducted in Ontario , Canada.
Political ideology and intelligence: is there a relationship?
It seems that people on the left are smarter, and those on the right less. At least, this is what one controversial study claims.
Conservative politicians are facilitators of prejudice against other individuals or groups, say Canadian scholars. The paper analyzes massive studies from the UK (of more than 15,000 people) in which the intelligence of children was compared with the political opinions in adulthood of these subjects.
The authors affirm that people with low intelligence position themselves with the political right because they feel more secure with that line of discourse. Fundamentally, people’s educational level is not what determines whether they are racist or not, but rather it is their innate intelligence, according to the authors.
Belonging to a certain social class does not predict ideology
Social status also does not play an important role as a predictor. The study, published in Psychological Science , claims that right-wing ideology forms a pathway for people with low reasoning ability to become racist and xenophobic.
The researchers affirm that cognitive abilities are fundamental in the formation of impressions of other people, and are key when it comes to having an open mind.
“Individuals with inferior cognitive abilities tend to defend more conservative ideologies of the right, since they maintain the status quo. The right provides a sense of order, of continuity with the established. It requires a higher cognitive level to detect what is wrong in a political system and therefore to be able to make a criticism and a proposal for improvement “
Research and results
The study, conducted by Brock University in Ontario, Canada, used information from two UK studies that were conducted in 1958 and 1970, where the intelligence of several thousand 10- and 11-year-olds was assessed. When they were 33 years old, they responded to questions about policy, and from there the bulk of the data could be extracted to prepare the report.
The first British study, which was carried out in 1958 by the National Organization for Child Development , involved 4,267 men and 4,537 women who were born in 1958.
The second research carried out in the UK, the British Cohort Study, involved 3,412 men and 3,658 women who were born in 1970.
As adults, they were asked if they agreed with statements such as: “I would not mind working with people of other races”, and “I would not mind if a family of a different race lived next to me.”
They were also asked if they agreed with the political ideology of the conservative right, such as “I would give lawbreakers harsher sentences”, and “Schools must teach children to obey authority.”