It’s all true! So sweet! Before you start arguing, let me bask in the glory of being able to write that headline and have it be a simple statement of fact rather than inflammatory baiting. Ahhhh … so nice!
Ok, here’s the story.An article on Livescience cites several studies that tested for intelligence and political beliefs and found that low intelligence and conservative political beliefs corresponded with a tendency to hold prejudicial beliefs.
These studies have found a correlation between these three things, not proven causation. But saying that a correlation exists is not meaningless. If you find the window broken and a newspaper lying on the ground every afternoon right about the time the paper boy comes by, you have not PROVEN that the paper boy is breaking your windows by throwing the paper, but you’ll probably think he IS doing so nonetheless.
And this looks like a pretty strong correlation.
The study does not prove that every conservative is stupid or prejudiced, of course. Individual conservatives can be smarter than individual liberals, or less prejudiced, conceivably. I believe it COULD happen under all the right circumstances, kind of a Moronic Convergence thing.
I would add as another element of the link, not causation but more correlation, the fact that so much of the Republican agenda is, well, stupid.
Grown, presumably educated men are being forced to appear on camera and deny that they believe in evolution. Many conservatives stick to abstinence only sex education even though ALL the numbers say it’s a ridiculously ineffective approach to sex education. In a time when taxes on the rich are at historic lows and the budget deficit is at historic highs, they are having to defend tax breaks for the rich (oh, excuse me … “job creators”). In the aftermath of a stock market crash engineered by investment banks and real estate financiers gone wild, they are having to oppose regulating the stock market.
The Republicans are also promoting prejudice toward gays, with things like the Defense of Marriage Act, opposing giving people who love each other the simple right to marry simply because they are both of the same gender. Straight up bigotry, people.
Frankly, the Repubican conservative agenda is riddled with stupidity and bigotry. And now we know why, ultimately.