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    Are Smarter People More Economically Conservative?

    Because I am economically conservative, I'd say so but here is scientific evidence.

    Are Smarter People More Economically Conservative?

    The overwhelming majority of social psychologists are liberal, so that could at least partly explain why the field's scientific literature is overflowing with studies linking conservative political views to lower levels of intelligence.

    "That's just what the data say," psychologists might counter, glossing over the publication bias, p-hacking, and slanted studies that are rife within the discipline.

    A new meta-analysis published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin might be an inconvenient fact then....

    The outcome? Jedinger and Burger found a small (r = .07), statistically significant (p = .008) link between higher cognitive ability and economic conservatism, defined as "opposition toward governmental intervention in markets and the acceptance of economic inequality". To paraphrase, smarter people tended to favor free markets....
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    Makes sense, smarter people are most likely better at math...

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    I think a lot of liberals (normal people, not rich) turn conservative when they get a job and see the taxes taken out of their paycheck. And even more when people get married and have kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Because I am economically conservative, I'd say so but here is scientific evidence.

    Are Smarter People More Economically Conservative?
    From your link:

    "Now, r=.07 is quite a small effect size (r goes from -1 for a negative correlation to 1 for a positive correlation), so it's highly unlikely that greater cognitive ability is meaningfully tied to an affinity for free markets. More likely, the authors write, the result is confounded by the fact that smarter people tend to be wealthier, making them "less supportive of governmental regulations of markets, and redistributive social policies because they have more to lose from these measure."

    [...]

    In the end, neither the current meta-analysis nor the one from 2015 really tell us anything useful, but they might be used as fodder for popular psychology books."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    I think a lot of liberals (normal people, not rich) turn conservative when they get a job and see the taxes taken out of their paycheck. And even more when people get married and have kids.
    What was the quote..."a conservative is just a liberal who got mugged" or something like that, I find myself drifting that way as I get older (at least economically).

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    ‘If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Who View Post
    From your link:

    "Now, r=.07 is quite a small effect size (r goes from -1 for a negative correlation to 1 for a positive correlation), so it's highly unlikely that greater cognitive ability is meaningfully tied to an affinity for free markets. More likely, the authors write, the result is confounded by the fact that smarter people tend to be wealthier, making them "less supportive of governmental regulations of markets, and redistributive social policies because they have more to lose from these measure."

    [...]

    In the end, neither the current meta-analysis nor the one from 2015 really tell us anything useful, but they might be used as fodder for popular psychology books."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jigglepete View Post
    What was the quote..."a conservative is just a liberal who got mugged" or something like that, I find myself drifting that way as I get older (at least economically).
    A neoconservative is a liberal who's been mugged by reality. A neoliberal is a liberal who's been mugged by reality but has refused to press charges.
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    Louis Brandeis,Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 479 (1928)

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    The overwhelming majority of social psychologists are liberal, so that could at least partly explain why the field's scientific literature is overflowing with studies linking conservative political views to lower levels of intelligence.
    There is no way intelligent people back socialism/communism. It's a failed ideology.
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    Smart is not a well defined word.

    Our education system thinks that the smartest person is the one that can repeat what he was told to repeat.
    That is why artificial intelligence scares them. They do the same thing. The repeat and both don't actually think.

    Smart Conservatives are smart because they can think.
    They take what they read and figure out how to do it better.

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