Conservatives are more attractive than liberals — and science backs this up, according to several studies.
Researchers say women and men who lean to the political right are perceived to be better-looking than those who lean left, according to the Journal of Public Economics.
Study: Liberals’ Victim Mentality Is Unattractive
The report’s co-authors, Niclas Berggren, Henrik Jordahl, and Panu Poutvaara, say this may have something to do with the Victim Mentality that characterizes today’s liberals.
Apparently, having a chronic chip on your shoulder, blaming others for your problems, and thinking the world owes you something is not sexy.
“Good-looking people are more likely to perceive the world as a just place, since they are treated better than others, achieve higher status, and are happier,” the researchers posit. “A frequent reason for people to sympathize with the left is a perception of the world as unfair.”
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The study suggests there’s a circular cause-and-effect scenario at play:
“A simple economic explanation of the appearance gap in favor of the right is that beautiful people earn more money.”
“And the more people earn, the more they are inclined to oppose redistribution — and arguably, to support, get active in, and represent — parties to the right.”
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Conservatives Prioritize Personal Responsibility
Similarly, two studies in the journal Politics and the Life Sciences posit that “more-attractive individuals are more likely to report higher levels of political efficacy, identify as conservative, and identify as Republican.”
The study’s co-author Carl Palmer — an assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University — warned that one shouldn’t make overly simplistic generalizations, especially since beauty is subjective.
“This is not a deterministic fact,” Palmer told Newsweek. “All attractive people are not conservative, and all unattractive people are not liberal.”
Well, that’s obvious. Just look at our politicians. Moreover, most Hollywood celebrities tend to be liberal, and they’re typically better-looking than the general population.
If You Look Good, You Feel Good (and Empowered)
Professor Palmer’s findings echoed the conclusions of the Journal of Public Economics.
Palmer says people who are more attractive are treated better by society, and therefore have less of a chip on their shoulders.
As a result, they tend to be happier, more confident, and do better at school/work because they have higher self-esteem.
Generally, individuals who prioritize personal responsibility and self-sufficiency tend to lean politically to the right.
In contrast, those who self-identify as underprivileged usually lean to the left.
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Typically, liberals favor big government that will provide financial and other assistance to them, while conservatives want small government and are adamant about self-sufficiency and autonomy.
“What our findings speak to is that social experiences, such as how we are treated by others, can have meaningful implications for our political attitudes,” Palmer wrote.