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How you vote may be in your genes
Our genetic makeup may play a role in our political behavior, according to researchers.
August 28th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

How you vote may be in your genes

Ever wonder why we vote the way we do? Is it the influence of family? Or is it because of our culture or where we grew up? Could be, but now researchers are saying it might be in our genes.

Scientists have always wondered what drives our political behavior, and why some of us are passionate over some issues and not others. Now investigators have found it could be something deeper than the "I Like Ike" button your grandfather wore.

Traditionally, social scientists have felt that our political preferences were influenced by environmental factors as well as how and where we grew up. But recently, studies are finding it could be biological and that our genes also influence our political tastes.

In a review out of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, data showed that genetic makeup has some influence on why people differ on such issues as unemployment, abortion, even the death penalty.  By pinpointing certain genes in the human body, scientists can predict parts of a person's political ideology.

"Some people are naturally groupish, others not so much. Some people are sexually free, others sexually repressed.

"Some part of these differences is from rearing and culture, but massive variation exists even within the same household. One's overall genetic disposition has some role in the formation of one's psychological architecture," notes Peter K. Hatemi, associate professor of political science and microbiology at Penn State University, as well as a research fellow at the USSC-University of Sydney and the primary investigator of the study.

The review, which was published in this week's issue of Trends in Genetics, notes more research needs to be done to better understand the genetic influences of our social views and why certain genes cause reactions in certain people when political views are expressed.

“The concept that thousands of genes interacting with the environment lead to different cognitive and emotive states that result in different political views has value," explains Hatemi.

"Rather than people on opposing sides of the political fence yelling at each about who is right, or trying to show or convince the other is wrong, maybe this research can help the public and policy makers recognize that people see the same thing differently, and at times no amount of yelling or 'proof' will sway them.”


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  1. candyapple

    This only applies if you are black and you are voting for a black president.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • asdf1984

      What an i_diot.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
    • sourgrapes

      ...and I'm sure you're being white and ignorant enough to make a racist remark will have no impact on how you vote this November. Interestingly enough, studies have shown that people with low IQ scores are more likely to vote for conservative candidates and are less likely to adapt to change. I wish survival of the fittest were more the rule in society, so we could leave your kind in the Dark Ages while the rest of us progress to a better civilization.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @sourgrapes–

      Care to cite one of these studies that tie low IQ to conservatism? I'd be very interested to read it.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
    • Low IQ

      Google "Low IQ Conservative" and you can find the links. Huffington Post is the first link.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:35 | Report abuse |
    • pbtad

      @guest - Google "low iq conservative" and it will take you to the LiveScience site (among many others). Read the whole article, but the gist is:

      "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."

      and

      "There is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world. Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order," Hodson said, explaining why these beliefs might draw those with low intelligence. "

      August 28, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      So that's a no? We're just going to make claims and when pressed for a citation your answer is "Google it"?

      Academic standards are falling, I guess.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:41 | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      @sourgrapes candyapple laid a trap for you and you jumped right in. Not too smart!

      August 28, 2012 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      It took me about five seconds on Google to find, in addition to the Live Science article, another article filled with criticisms on the study's methodology.

      ":In another study, this one in the United States, Hodson and Busseri compared 254 people with the same amount of education but different levels of ability in abstract reasoning."

      I remain unconvinced and skeptical of the claim that conservatism can be explained away by low IQ. You'll need to sample more than 254 people to make such an outrageous claim.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      Low IQ Conservative

      http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2012/01/social-conservatives-have-a-lower-i-q-probably/

      August 28, 2012 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • RL

      Guest – FYI – Google IS a search engine you can use to look up links to any study you want – provided you have the ability to discern a real scientific study from all kinds of stuff out there.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      RL, turn in a research paper with "Google" on your works cited list and see how well it goes. Anyway, all this is beside the point that the "study" is not exactly top-tier peer-reviewed science. Looks like a thinly-veiled attack on a specific political ideology to me.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      In my own experience, I find fiscal conservatives are of normal intelligence, but social conservatives are dumb as stumps. The more overtly racist or anti-gay someone is, the more their own personal lives seem to be a disaster... There is also a way that social conservatives speak when talking about their beliefs... mushy mouthed... like a child knowing he is doing something wrong. Heck, you can even see it in the politicians when they talk about the rape-abortion issue... they lose their ability to enunciate their words.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Nate Higgers

      Tribal animal pack mentality. They know they cannot achieve anything as individuals due to an utter lack of intellect, and yet, because of this deficiency, they cannot get along enough to work as a group to achieve anything either.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Oh look. Tracy's conducted another study for us all to marvel at. In her personal experience, she's discovered all sorts of truths about conservatism. I guess I should just retract my whole argument, huh?

      People that want to use government as the Cudgel of Morality to force us all to live by their rules have plenty wrong with them, but you can make a much more compelling argument than "they're just dumb." Not to mention, it lets them off the hook too easily by insinuating that they don't know any better.

      I'm the opposite of a social conservative so I'm not defending them out of solidarity, but you're not helping the cause with such flimsy positions.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      This is a CNN comment section... You take yourself a bit too seriously. But, sure why not? Why can't personal observation affect my judgement? Its a darn sight better than thinking that Genes have anything to do with it....

      August 28, 2012 at 14:15 | Report abuse |
    • Stupidconservative

      You guys are forgetting that a lot of conservatives don't believe in science. Their founding fathers rode dinosaurs and preached Christianity.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:25 | Report abuse |
    • nostrildamus

      And here we go. Democracy is only for smart people, right? Dumb people shouldn't be allowed to vote right? And, further, they should probably abort any pregnancies too, right?

      Let's just call it eugenics and be done with it.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
    • JustTheFax

      Could you bend over and repeat that please?

      August 28, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Tracy,

      Fair enough, you didn't present your views as scientific evidence and I apologize for jumping on them as if you had done so.

      Stupidconservative,

      Someone should attempt a study in that arena, it's probably a much stronger foundation to build a claim like this on. The public polls that show something like 47% of our population believe in creationism are mind-boggling and a lot of the apparent social conservatives posting here aren't really helping themselves either.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      hahahahaha

      August 28, 2012 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
    • Oakspar

      It should be no surprise that low IQ that leads to a resistance to change that leads to conservative support. That does not, however, mean that conservatism leads to a low IQ or is indicitive of it – only that the low IQ will tend to follow conservative leadership when offered.

      This is like argueing that liberal leadership must be poor, because poor people tend to vote for liberal leadership. That, is obviously, not the case since liberal leadership has traditionally been among the wealthiest of Americans (note that conservative leadership has also traditionally been wealthy – before you flame that observation ask yourself which of the two multimillionares you will be voting for this fall, because they both are).

      I find the calls for social darwinism to end conservatism, however, to be foolish, hateful, and backwards. Social Darwinism would only aid the conservative cause, since social darwinism consumes not the stupid, but the poor and liberals depend on the poor masses to be elected.

      Historically, the conservative party is the party of the rich, which seeks to win by harnessing the votes of the rich and the middle class, since the middle class wants to be rich, and the party of the rich wants the middle class to become and strive to be rich (they benefit from the increase in wealth among the middle class).

      Historically, the liberal party is the party of the poor, which seeks to win by harnessing the votes of the poor by promissing them programs that will support them (they benefit from the poor being supported in poverty so that they remain loyal voters).

      I tend to vote conservative, because I am middle class and wish to remain middle class or progress into wealth.

      If I was rich, I would tend to vote conservative, because I would want to stay rich or grow more wealthy.

      If I was the richest of the rich, money would loose all meaning to me, and I would become a liberal, and attempt to harness the numbers of the poor to support my power by giving them just enough to stay poor, dependent, and dependable voters for my regieme.

      If I was poor, I probably wouldn't have the insight, intellect, or self control to pull myself from the government's aid long enough to change my station (if I could, I would become middle-class and a conservative), so I would continue being a welfare slave to the liberal agenda.

      August 28, 2012 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Pat in AZ

      To Sourgrapes: A study published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.

      August 28, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • JustEric

      If low IQs lead to racism, wouldn't that make them liberals? (Which makes sense, because I've never met or even heard of an intelligent liberal) The Democratic party, after all, is responsible for the KKK, and was the largest opposition to the end of slavery, and the start of civil and equal rights. Republicans, on the other hand, we responsible for the end of slavery, and pushed through some of the most key legislation in terms of civil rights and equality.

      So, the jump from "low IQ" to "racist" makes perfect sense, but the jump from "racist" to "conservative" does not.

      It's also worth mentioning that there have been studies that show that Conservatism tends to fall into not only the low-educated (not to be confused with low IQ), but also into the super-educated realms. So, Conservatives fall into the K-through-12 realm, and then (IIRC) masters-degree-and-above crowd. Liberals tend to be in the some-college-to-associates grouping. What that tells me is that Liberals are just easily brainwashed when they get to college, and those that progress to masters or doctorate degrees are smart enough not to get brainwashed - and smart enough to know that Conservatism is the right thing to do.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • J

      @Oakspar : Well said!

      August 28, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      And it is views like this that made me switch from Republican to Democrat years ago.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      Wow, "Nate", that's a really clever name you have there. I bet you're really proud of having bypassed the censors w. that.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      "It's also worth mentioning that there have been studies that show that Conservatism tends to fall into not only the low-educated (not to be confused with low IQ), but also into the super-educated realms."

      Eric....did you stop to consider that going to an Ivy League school is not the same as being "super-educated"? And that it's easier for a wealthy Conservative to legacy into an Ivy Leagus school than the average person (who generally votes Dem)? W. went to Yale...and he's not the sharpest tool in the shed.

      Also, please cite your studies instead of just proclaiming that "studies show".

      August 28, 2012 at 16:54 | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      "If low IQs lead to racism, wouldn't that make them liberals? (Which makes sense, because I've never met or even heard of an intelligent liberal) The Democratic party, after all, is responsible for the KKK, and was the largest opposition to the end of slavery, and the start of civil and equal rights. "

      You don't get out much, do you? To proclaim that there are no intelligent liberals is simply ridiculous and you know it.
      Also, brush up on your history: those were Dixicrats, not the Democratic party of today. The Democrat party of Lincoln's day became the GOP and vice versa.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
    • Nate Higgers

      If they had any reasonable level of intellect, then they wouldn't be liberals at all, now would they? They would know better.

      August 28, 2012 at 18:47 | Report abuse |
  2. Squeezebox

    Just what we need, political eugenics! You will be given forced sterilization based on how your family votes.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimmy

      No, not really. You will be given gene therapy if you want to vote differently. And ofcourse the Government will pay for that if you are conflicted.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
  3. Sd

    I have 6 brothers and sisters and age range is 25 yrs from oldest to youngest. The first 4 tend to be conservative and the last 3 tend to be more liberal. Seems to point to cultural and environment rather than genes. Father voted Democrat.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steven Nevets

      Your sample size is way too small to be applied to the population at large. Generally, the genetic connection is this. Logical thinkers and intelligent people are moderate and trend toward the center. Emotional people who disregard reason lean to the extreme left. Selfish or overly analytical people who completely disregard human suffering of others trend to the extreme right.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      I agree with Steven, the exterme left and the exterme right get all the attention and have too much influence over our political process.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • Swinging_voter

      I agree with Steven as well. Although, I think that we cannot throw out the fact that personal situations and influences (friends, family, jobs, community opinion) can dramatically swing a person from extreme left to extreme right or the other way around. Those that are moderates and base their views on intelligent and logical thinking should still stay towards the center.

      August 28, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • Turfscape

      I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters, 4 have brown hair and 3 have blonde hair. Seems like it's environmental rather than genetics. Father has brown hair, by the way.

      August 28, 2012 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
  4. deepthunk

    Oh yes, lets forget about the role media plays in misleading and misdirecting the people to vote against their own interests and keep voting for corrupt politicians that cut their own throats.

    Now CNN wants to suggest that its somehow genetic?

    It’s clear that people don’t see beyond what’s put right in front of them, which is why companies advertise. Even if a business has the best product in the world, they all know they have to have the best, and most advertising for said product to be successful because people won’t go looking for it.

    The media and press in America today shows the public no one but the candidates from the same two political parties, and even misleads and misdirects the public on legislation and policy, then has the gall to claim peoples votes are influenced more by genes than by what they see and hear in the press. You’re peeing down our backs and telling us its rain.

    But maybe your right, maybe there is a genetic element, after all intelligence tends to be genetic and the majority of people are clearly too stupid to get this tiered old song and dance and are in fact so stupid as to not question what the media and press tells them even though these companies are owned by the same rich people who have corrupted our elected officials.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • j

      So you're saying that CNN conducted the research? Because, if you read the article, you would know that the research was done by Peter K. Hatemi, et al. They don't work for CNN.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:31 | Report abuse |
    • non_bias

      I don't know that I entirely agree with your stance but I do think that the bias introduced by the media to those that are easily influenced seems to be considerably larger these days than I have previously noticed. Articles on the front page of CNN showcasing the extremist views of one or two members of the party at this stage in the game should have no influence on a voters decision whatsoever but in sequence and consistently against the same party could have a huge impact on the impression on the party as a whole even if it is based on a handful of people from that party.

      For this reason, I do not vote AGAINST anyone. I only vote for a candidate based on their opinions and ideals. If I hear someone say, I am going to vote just to null out someone elses vote or simply to vote against an existing candidate with no good reason then I can always see someone who has been biased by either media or by some other source (friends, family, commercials, local community, etc.). Why else do you see people standing in the parking lot of the voting booths. They know that they can swing people at the last minute and that sadly can be the case.

      August 28, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse |
  5. Sivick

    So I take it republicans have the gene for stupid and d-bag?

    August 28, 2012 at 12:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimmy

      It's so nice to see that the our President has brought us together like he promised.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
    • science101

      Basically.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
    • noel

      I have no political affiliation & have never voted, but this comment is what's wrong with America. Until we change our way of thinking, things in government (on either side) will never change, it will just feed on our hateful thoughts.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
    • Nate Higgers

      That nagger in the article's picture looks just like it could be oblabla's daughter sprog!

      August 28, 2012 at 14:02 | Report abuse |
    • WhatNow

      Nate...You are just the type of person most people would like to genetically change. Maybe with genetics, we can find a way to rid people of hate and prejudice.

      August 28, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
    • Nate Higgers

      Well, blacks are the most hating (and self-hating, for sure) and prejudiced creatures on this planet. Shall we start with them? At least then, the world would smell a lot better.

      August 28, 2012 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
  6. dtboy

    Hogwash! I voted democrat because I was young, dumb and clueless on the concept of government. I've since educated myself and vote Republican. Our opinions change with our understanding, which influences our choices.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tracy

      Oh, Brother!

      August 28, 2012 at 13:06 | Report abuse |
    • Merry Prankster

      I see that you have grown up to be a DBman.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • RL

      Some people DO get greedier as they get older.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:02 | Report abuse |
    • david williams

      you could have put that more intelligently. Many, if not all, people vote after analyzing the options. As their values change (or should I say "evolve"?) so do their voting patterns. In other words we are not pre-determined by our genes.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      Hogwash? Are you from 1952? Too bad you vote for the party that wants to make your life worse, as an older person. Why vote against your own best interests?

      August 28, 2012 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • Nate Higgers

      That might explain why blacks will only vote for oblabla, regardless of his failed policies, just because he is black.
      They never had any evolution at all, past the primate stage.

      August 28, 2012 at 18:58 | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew

    Great article. So we know there are genes that may influence political ideology, but we don't know anything about them? How they affect us? Give us an article with some information CNN!

    August 28, 2012 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. TSB8C

    Sure it's in your genes. If you a rational thinking person, you will support conservative ideas. If you are a non-thinking "touchy-feely" type person who bases their decisions on emotions, you will support liberal ideas.

    August 28, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tracy

      Yuck.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:06 | Report abuse |
    • science101

      If you are a "rational" person who sees the world only in terms of black and white – and good guys and bad guys – then you will vote "Conservative".

      August 28, 2012 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      And if you are a wishy washy, relativist you will vote liberal?

      August 28, 2012 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • Nate Higgers

      Any vote for a Demoncrat is a vote for even more nagger free handouts, welfare, food stamps, free public housing, free cell phones, free internet, free college, and free health care.
      Oh, but it's not necessarily "free", you, the taxpayer, are paying for it ALL.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
    • RL

      TSB8C, you are close – but I would word it as if you are greedy and unfeeling and only care about $$$$ you will support conservative policy. Not all rational people are like that. You can be rational and intelligent and also have a conscience and be empathetic in which case you'll be more liberal.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    Ah, so that's why Republicans are against abortion. "I saved your life, now vote for me."
    Ah, so that's why Democrats are for abortion. "I allowed you to be born when I could have chosen otherwise, now vote for me."

    August 28, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. PandoraDoggl

    Is this code for "shut up about your political views," or what?

    August 28, 2012 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. DC

    My genes are telling me to vote for the candidate least likely to screw me over as a citizen!

    August 28, 2012 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • HenryMiller

      Good luck with that–there ain't no such thing.

      August 28, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • JustTheFax

      I do believe Henry hit the nail on the head.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
  12. NotSurprisedAgain

    I believe they spelled "genes" incorrectly. I think how most people vote is more likely related to the ass in the "jeans".

    August 28, 2012 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. DD

    It's "research" like this that has people turning their backs on science.

    August 28, 2012 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RL

      I agree that there is bad research out there but a consensus among scientists is a good indication of validity. On the other hand, if anyone turns their back on science it's because they don't have the capacity to comprehend it.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:11 | Report abuse |
  14. heliocracy

    Perhaps so, but some people change their allegiance at some point in their lives. Perhaps genes play a role in those who don't think too deeply or get educated about political and economic philosophy?

    August 28, 2012 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. david

    another ridiculous article from CNN.. if so, why did i vote for 3 different parties in my lifetime??

    August 28, 2012 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JustTheFax

      schizophrenia?

      August 28, 2012 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
  16. Nate Higgers

    Just look at the look of fear, distrust, hatred on the nagger in the picture of this article.....it's the same look naggers give Whites and other human beings every single day on the streets. Of course, it is clearly obvious who it will be voting for.....all because he's a nagger, too.
    I just hope human beings wake up this November, we need to get a human being back into the White House, finally. Four years is way too much monkey business.

    August 28, 2012 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tracy

      Really, I just assumed that the woman in the other booth was her elderly mom (the one with the cane) and she was just looking over to see if she needed anything. But then again, I have a feeling you aren't much of a caretaker, so you wouldn't see that in her eyes.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • JustTheFax

      Could you bend over and repeat that? And don't spill your beer in the process.

      August 28, 2012 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
  17. Pete

    I'm going to come up with a notion that some may have a gut feeling is plausible, yet nonetheless a notion that either is impossible to test with full scientific integrity on a sufficiently large sample of the population or is just entirely impractical to implement (i.e., my theory will not be falsifiable). Then I'll sell my article to the media and label it as a real scientific article filed under 2012 Election • Genetics • Health & Politics • Living Well.

    August 28, 2012 at 13:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Dave

    *Blank Stare* slow news day ?

    August 28, 2012 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      ............. if it hadn't of been for that horse ... I never would have spent that year in college .

      August 28, 2012 at 14:08 | Report abuse |
  19. nofluer

    These days, how you vote is more likely to be in the parking lot if your area uses all electronic voting machines.

    WHEN you vote, go through your ballot, then go BACK and check it – make sure that the candidates marked are the ones YOU chose. A relatively new way of stealing votes/elections is called "man in the middle" vote tampering where someone sits within wireless range of the voting machine, and changes your vote after you move on down the ballot and before you pull the lever/push the button. This method of voting fraud is UNDETECTABLE!!! All I'm saying is that if you really want to vote for YOUR candidate, make sure you check the ballot BEFORE you finalize the vote!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. JustTheFax

    It would explain a lot.

    August 28, 2012 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Rodeo_Joe

    Genetics and RWA. Lincoln and Douglas. Diversity of thought. No refunds from your parents are available.

    August 28, 2012 at 14:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Aaronski

    Another stupid idiotic irrelevant waste of time, did I say stupid, survey / someone's opinion to be discredited at a later date.

    August 28, 2012 at 14:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. TonyInNYC

    This may be why America's founders thought a system of checks and balances, including a bicameral legislature, would be a good way for people with different points of view to decide things.

    August 28, 2012 at 14:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Fete Chef

    Using IQ as a way to denigrate Conservatives is only useful if everyone already uses IQ as a common standard of value or worth. What if some people don't think IQ is important in the valuing of human beings? To some people physical strength might be more important than one's IQ level.

    August 28, 2012 at 14:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • babooph

      You are right,I have many conservative friends,they are quite nice,although not very bright.

      August 28, 2012 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
  25. Terrible Ted

    This sort of changes the abortion issue? Kill the genes that support your party?

    August 28, 2012 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Saddles

    Funny thing about genes. Like family values, they're passed down from your parents also. This takes a rather simplistic, cause-effect view of genetics

    August 28, 2012 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Frankie in Florida

    This article is a load of crap. Voting preferences are ingrained through our childhood environment. I'm a Democrat because all my relatives were working class Irish Catholic. Some of them ran Taminy Hall which provided a passage way for the Irish to the middle class via public service jobs. My relatives maintained that I would be struck dead and go straight to hell if I ever dared to pull a Republican lever.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. SB1790

    Does this mean that the 'dumbing down' of America and our ever increasingly short attention span is creating a more conservative view of the world? If the argument of the theory that a conservative belief system lends structure and order to a complex world, then we should see a gravitation toward conservatism with the most attention deficit being on the more extreme end of the right, correct? While the more intelligent fall towards the left would be the other logical conclusion.

    There is hope for the Tea Party yet.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Tom

    When I was afraid of sex, I admit that I voted conservative. Now that I have "been there, done that" I seem to lean more democrat and sexual freedom. I'm happier this way, with the only fear that conservatives will take away that freedom some day. 😦

    August 28, 2012 at 15:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. chimneylooker

    I believe this is true. If it's in your nature to work hard and earn what you have then you'll likely vote republican. If you don't want to work and want someone to take care of you then you'll probably vote democrat.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. babooph

    The Canada study of lower IQ scores for conservatives is easy to locate,any conservatives who have trouble understanding it may be able to locate a liberal friend who can slowly & simply explain it to them.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Larry G

    Too bad progressives don't believe in genetics, attributing differences in intelligence to environmental factors. Anyway it is hard to see how anyone could support the democrats other than a fool or a parasite (college professors and others dependent on the state).

    August 28, 2012 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Not You

    Hopefully, with further research in this field they will some day find a cure for liberalism.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. sameeker

    I vote based on the life that I have lived. I see the government controlled by the wealthy and giving all of our National Wealth and even our sovereignty to them. I see remarks on here by repugs slamming professors and education. That is the true colors of the GOP. As a working man, I can't logically vote for a party that wants to take what little I have and give it to a billionaire.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Bill

    Do we really want research into genetic reasons for our political opinions? The last thing we want is the ability to genetically engineer Republicans or Democrats. My politcal views are based on how I was raised, my education, my life experiences, and my perception of the world around me. My views and opinions are my choice. They aren't preordained by genetics or even by God.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Terry Coultas

    Here we go again, can't you just read the article for sake of building your intellect? Why do we have to bring the R and D or C and L into the rebuttal? Can't we just make up our own mind as to what is right and wrong,without looking for your party line? Yes there are racist remarks in some of the above comments but those are responded to in kind. One is no better than the other.

    Republican and Democrat should be replaced with R&D where you research and develop your ideals based on intellect rather than party line and or your genes

    August 28, 2012 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. KevininPHX

    I've always felt lucky with a good genetic makeup. At 53, I'm healthy, have all my hair and teeth, can hear and see just fine and last saw a doctor 10 years ago. I always thought how fortunate I was, and thanked my dad often. This was before I knew that good ole dads genes, kept me from being a complete and utter moron at the polls. I've never voted for a rethuglican in my life. Thanks Dad!

    August 28, 2012 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. N'oreaster

    More researchers, more studies, more experts!!!! No wonder this country is going to heck in a hand basket!! My vote has less to do with what is in my genes and a heck of a lot more than what is in my jeans including a thin wallet getting thinner.

    August 28, 2012 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. tishintx

    How I vote *IS* coded in my genes. I have two X chromosomes, therefore I don't vote Republican (with exceptions – I vote based on how I rate the candidate in question, not their party affiliation).

    August 28, 2012 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Political Commentator

    Obviously genetics play a significant role in voting decisions! This is so silly! I bet the woman in the image above is voting for Mitt Romney! hahahah

    I created a Yak for anyone that wants to discuss this article in real time. Check it http://www.yakka.im/yak/how-you-vote-may-be-in-your-genes

    August 28, 2012 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Trey

    This research is clearly flawed. 90% of blacks at one point voted Republican. Now it's 90% Democrat. How do you explain that?

    August 28, 2012 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mbele Matongo

      They have changed their mind. Blacks feel the Reps do not represent their values.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • butch

      they are right

      August 28, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
  42. Mbele Matongo

    Incredible! The genetic angle confirms half the population of the US is stupid. sisi wote ni wajinga

    August 28, 2012 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. butch

    If you are black, you are genetically compelled to vote democrat okay guys. You don't have a mind capable of independent thought. You are not capable of forming your own conclusions about the world based on intelligent observation of the world around you. You are black and you must vote democrat because your genes make it impossible for you to act in any other way.

    August 28, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mbele Matongo

      Your post only confirms your genes have a few issues to solve in order to become human.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
    • butch

      i was merely summarizing the article. i actually believe that this piece of garbage should never have made it onto the website. and your glaring inability to recognize sarcasm indicates a few things about your genes, mister.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
  44. orion7x

    Its definitely an evolutionary thing. The GOP is still in the stone age.

    August 28, 2012 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. commmon tater

    The science is this: Different groups of prehistoric man preferred different ways of making it. Some found altruism and cooperation and mutual assistance were good, others found that dog eat dog, social darwinism worked best. Those two strains are still in our genes. It does help explain why I think that anyone who would vote for Romney is nuts, and others think anyone who would vote for Obama is nuts.

    August 28, 2012 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • butch

      You haven't explained why those of us who do not associate ourselves with the left/right political spectrum think that ALL OF YOU ARE NUTS.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:31 | Report abuse |
    • Big Al

      A Vote for any of the clowns running is plain d-u-m-b

      August 28, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • Mbele Matongo

      You should try shaking the boom boom a bit more.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
  46. King

    The method used for this study uses the same seriously flawed methods that are used to prove mental illness is genetic. Read Jay Joseph, PHD critique of this study and many others.

    http://jayjoseph.net/the_gene_illusion

    August 28, 2012 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. david williams

    the arrogance of the liberal is splendidly displayed in these comments. Everyone who disagrees with them is unintelligent- they even sound "mushy" when they speak! So unintelligent are the great masses that they need these liberal Protectors of the Downtrodden to run society for them.
    It may come as news to these intellectual giants that there are many kinds of intelligence. The most "primitive" people in the world have intelligence fully capable of helping them understand and control their worlds.

    August 28, 2012 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mbele Matongo

      Funny. You have just committed the same sin you accuse the liberals of committing.

      August 28, 2012 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
  48. Mbele Matongo

    Butch. I am not afraid to admit I am not perfect. Your sarcasm was only recognised when you said black were right about the Reps not representing their values.

    August 28, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Truthbetold

    My genes don't affect how I vote. Unless my genes have changed over the years....

    August 28, 2012 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Common Sense

    More drivel.......

    August 28, 2012 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mbele Matongo

      You are absolutely right! yote hii ni takataka

      August 28, 2012 at 16:53 | Report abuse |
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