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Attractive people are more likely to be right wing voters (but it’s not all good news)

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Politics can play a big part in our relationships – and now new research has suggested that one particular affiliation is more attractive…

Fans of Jeremy Corbyn, look away now – because a new study has found that attractive people are “more likely to be right wing”. 

The Illinois State University study compared numerous previous studies on the topic – many of which came to similar conclusions. 

“Controlling for socioeconomic status, we found that more attractive individuals are more likely to report higher levels of political efficacy, identify as conservative and identify as Republican,” write authors Rolfe Daus Peterson and Carl L Palmer.

One set of data – from three surveys in the 1970s – asked people to rate others’ attractiveness alongside questions about their political beliefs. The other – the Wisconsin Longitudinal study – studied the beliefs of high school students who had been rated on how attractive they were. 

In both cases, more attractive people had a higher likelihood of being right-wing. 

Socialist dreamboat Jeremy Corbyn

But any right-wingers reading shouldn’t get too cocky – because researchers found that the correlation may be because of a “blind spot”. Better looking people, the authors argue, are treated better. They tend to earn more money, get better jobs, and even do better in elections. So, naturally, they believe the world is “just and fair”.

“Attractiveness matters. When we are treated differently we begin to perceive the world differently,” said Peterson. “Research shows good-looking people tend to get on better in life because people interact with them differently.”   

It follows, therefore, that attractive people are more likely to be individualistic – rejecting concepts like social welfare espoused by leftists. 

“In a sense, attractive individuals have a blind spot that leads them to not see the need for more government support or aid in society,” the authors write.

Another study conducted by Peterson in 2017 found that attractive children “experience warmer treatment from their parents as well as strangers” – having a “pronounced effect on the personality traits more attractive individuals exhibit, appearing to be more confident, extroverted, happier and healthier as they reach adulthood”. 

Don’t despair, though – researchers also say that “all attractive people are not conservative and not all unattractive people are liberals”. So no need to update your Tinder bio to “I <3 Margaret Thatcher” just yet.

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Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.  

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