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Analysis of some studies that link political

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 10, 2007

Analysis of some studies that link political tendancies and factors like education level, how afraid we feel, and personality traits. “[A study] found that conservatives have a greater desire to reach a decision quickly and stick to it, and are higher on conscientiousness, which includes neatness, orderliness, duty, and rule-following. Liberals are higher on openness, which includes intellectual curiosity, excitement-seeking, novelty, creativity for its own sake, and a craving for stimulation like travel, color, art, music, and literature.” And an interesting conclusion about the effects of rational thought on all this.

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