Study Finds Liberals Are Smarter Than Conservatives

By Daniel Walker | May 15, 2024

Complex interplay

A groundbreaking research study by psychology scholars at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has revealed a fascinating link between intelligence quotient (IQ) scores, genetic markers linked to higher intelligence, and left-wing political ideologies. 
 

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Published in the journal Intelligence, this study delves into the complex interplay between cognitive abilities and political beliefs, challenging traditional assumptions and sparking thought-provoking conversations about the roots of political affiliation.
 

300 families

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The researchers examined data from over 300 families, including both biological and adopted children, to create a diverse sample. By combining measured IQ scores with polygenic scores for cognitive performance and educational achievement, the study aimed to untangle the impact of genetics and environment on political views.