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Them and us politics

  • August 9th, 2008

Some times the behavioural geneticists are comforting. 

A report you’ll have to pay for, but summarised by NCPA, gives us candidates reasons for not beating our breasts when voters seem immune to all our efforts.

The study lets me blame their genes. It used comparisons between identical twins and fraternal twins to find:

"Genes have a significant influence over whether you’re "liberal" or "conservative" on various political and social issues.  Some heritability estimates have been as high as 50 percent".

So  it isn’t my clunky oratory, or less than lucid reasoning. It’s just how they are. 

Is that comforting, or even more worrying?




  • Colleen
  • August 9th, 2008
  • 12:58 pm

Hi Steve,

This obviously is a worry for a number of reasons, but particularly being the well documented fact that conservatives have more children than their liberal counterparts so this genetic/social effect will result in more conservative voters in the future (despite their potentially clunky rhetoric or flawed reasoning).

[You mean we’ve had four children and you three Colleen? (assuming you use liberal in the US sense)]

  • jcuknz
  • August 11th, 2008
  • 9:35 am

But there is a natural curb for the right wing is that they kill off the surplus with wars and the natural human state is to be centre left.

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