Thursday, 2 February 2012

The Daily Mail: Know Your Audience

'Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study.
'Conservative politics work almost as a 'gateway' into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics.
'The paper analysed large UK studies which compared childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood across more than 15,000 people.
'The authors claim that people with low intelligence gravitate towards right-wing views because they make them feel safe...'

The Daily Mail.
Amusing as this is, it's as flawed as most surveys.
There's a lot of clever homophobes and racists out there.
Some of them write columns for The Daily Mail.

Update: Good pieces in The Guardian on this by Charlie Brooker and George Monbiot.

Update2: The Mail return to this heated debate.

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