That's according to a study carried out by Rolfe Daus Peterson, a political scholar from Susquehanna University and Carl Palmar, assistant professor in politics at Illinois State University.
The researchers claim that never before has the effects of physical attractiveness on politics been examined on this level and that there is "good reason to believe that individuals’ physical attractiveness may alter their political values and worldviews".
They said that their findings prove attractive people tend to lean towards the right because they have better social skills and are more popular, competent and intelligent due to the "halo effect" - an idea that bias and stereotypes influence the way people judge others.
Writing about their findings in the Politics and Life Sciences journal published in December 2017, the pair said that on average, hotter people have an easier life so don't see the need for more welfare, aid and government support, unlike their left-wing counterparts.
How did the researchers come to this conclusion?
Using figures from two earlier surveys, the pair said they soothed concerns around the bias of attractiveness because obviously different people find different things attractive, right?
First, the scholars took figures from the 1972, 1974 and 1976 American National Studies surveys that asked those taking part to evaluate the appearance of others.
The survey also explored participants political beliefs, income, race, gender, and education. They then compared those results with the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) that examined the characteristics of over 10,000 high school graduates who were rated by others on their level of attractiveness.
Bringing everything together, Peterson and Palmer argue a connection between an individual's physical attractiveness and political beliefs could be revealed.
They went on to argue that although what people view as attractive may vary, criteria for attractiveness appears to be consistent within cultural groups, pointing to earlier evidenceof what beauty is and means.
Attractive people tend to be conservative because of a 'blind spot'
The scholars said hot people lean towards the right because they grow to develop a blind spot that leads them to not see the need for more government support or aid in society - a core liberal value.
They add that attractive people don’t face the same hurdles as others as their attractiveness gains them more attention and they are more successful in social situations. Their lives are generally “easier,” the pair claim.
Even though this blind spot may not be universally held and physically attractive individuals do not always have easier lives, on average, physically attractive individuals face fewer hurdles navigating the social world.
They conclude that because of this, they expect attractive people to be more likely to support right-wing conservative parties and point to another study that concluded that conservatives are more attractive.
I’m speaking metaphorically, of course.
A recent study by researchers at Illinois State University found that “men and women with greater physical attractiveness and political efficacy tend to identify as conservative and/or Republican,” according to The Daily Wire:
Researchers Rolfe Daus Peterson of Susquehanna University and Carl L. Palmer of Illinois State University examined the connection between attractiveness and political beliefs while controlling for socioeconomic status. …
“Controlling for socioeconomic status, we find that more attractive individuals are more likely to report higher levels of political efficacy, identify as conservative, and identify as Republican,” found the researchers. …
“If physical appearance affects how we interact with others and our political beliefs emerge as a by-product of our early life experiences, it stands to reason that appearance would also influence the development of individual political beliefs,” says the article.
Long story short, attractive men and women tend to lean toward the right, whereas fugly ones generally lean to the left.
While my profile pic clearly shows me to be an exception to the rule (keep in mind I spent the majority of my young adult days as a leftist lunatic), I wonder whether similar dynamics exist among dietary, fitness and hygiene habits.
I work out like a beast, eat healthily and maintain top-level hygiene (I trim, I clip, I pluck, I use a Water pik, I use deodorant, I use cologne, I use chapstick, I use lotion, I use everything). Yet whenever I get an Uber driver who listens to NPR, his or her car always smells like ass.
Anyway. A similar study by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Sweden and the Ifo Institute in Germany found that “[c]onservative politicians are better looking than liberal politicians on average in the United States, Europe, and Australia — and that might create an overall advantage for conservative parties,” as reported by The Atlantic.
And yet another study — this one conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles six years ago — found that “[f]emale politicians with stereotypically feminine facial features are more likely to be Republican than Democrat,” as said by the study’s lead author, Colleen M. Carpinella, a UCLA graduate student in psychology.
What’s the moral of the story?
First, I feel too lazy to actually use my brain today, lol.
Second, the news thus far today has been really boring.
And last, if you’re a liberal, chances are you’re ugly. But don’t fret, liberals. Be proud of who you are, you fugly bastards!