Does a low IQ make you right-wing? That depends on how you define left and right
Michael Hanlon makes some interesting points in the article excerpted below but overlooks the obvious: People with high IQs are very much advantaged in the educational system and tend to stay in that system longer. And particularly in the later years of education, the Leftist propaganda gets all but overwhelming. So all that the research really shows is that an exposure to overwhelming Leftist propaganda does influence some people's thinking. They adopt Leftist attitudes where they otherwise might not
So right-wingers are stupid – it’s official. Psychologists in Canada have compared IQ scores of several thousand British children, who were born in 1958 and 1970, with their stated views as adults on things such as treatment of criminals and openness to working with or living near to people of other races. They also looked at some US data which compared IQ scores with homophobic attitudes.
The conclusion: your intelligence as a child correlates strongly with socially liberal views. People with low IQs tend to be more in favour of harsh punishments, more homophobic and more likely to be racist.
Note: I have a more extensive comment on the research concerned here
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).