Cue your favorite FOX News pundits because they're about to get all puffed up and ready to spout some drivel about how science (*since when do they believe in science*) just proved that they're all a bunch of sexy beasts or something. Which, of course should segue nicely into how they didn't need a study to tell them this. They could have told you this, because just look at all those super lame libruls and their feminazi friends. They are SO ugly, they'd never even touch them with uh... stolen body parts.
Real manure... I mean, mature.
I SUSPECTED THIS WAS TRUE but lacked corroborating scientific evidence.— Paul Phaneuf (@PaulPhaneuf) January 27, 2018
Now I know. It wasn't just my imagination. And now you know too.
RT if you're a beautiful conservative. 😁#Conservatives are more attractive than #liberals, study findshttps://t.co/2poIKlvuzu
In what must be the biggest waste of time and research funds in recent history (*don't we still have real issues that need solving like hunger, poverty, war, clean water*) the Journal of Public Economics published a study concluding that the overall attractiveness of political candidates correlates with their party affiliation.
And conservatives are rejoicing! See? It's happening already:
Of course, as conservatives we just knew, Andrew...😀— Yale Stephens (@theredandblue) January 28, 2018
Conservatives are more attractive than liberals, study finds— DrSchmalz (@DrSchmalz) January 27, 2018
Finally, undeniable #SettledScience I can get behind!
Confirming Scientifically what we all knew intuitively; Conservatives are more attractive than Liberals#IStandWithScience#BecauseScience🔬https://t.co/pAACMGdf5P
The study, which shows correlation but not causation, purports to find that, at least for politicians in Europe, the United States, and Australia, those on the conservative side are generally considered more good looking.
The conclusions of the study are not definitive and, as The Atlantic points out:
The research is not an exhaustive study of conservative parties, candidates and voting behavior. In studying politicians in the United States, for example, researchers only looked at candidates running in elections dating from 1995 to 2008, and excluded Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from their analysis...
Of course, it didn't take long for the Twittersphere to find their way to the same observation The Atlantic made:
And the notion that attractive people gravitate towards conservatism seems to run counter to the liberal streak running through Hollywood.
Also if he would like to come join me I can take him on a tour of Mississippi Walmarts and cure that little brain fart he has about conservatives being more attractive.— Dusty Smith🐓 (@cultofdusty) January 27, 2018
And to throw a little shade at the findings:
While media outlets have been running with sexy soundbites, the crux of the study seems to skew a little closer to showing that conservative voters rely more on superficial external indicators of beauty to choose a candidate than liberals do. Huh.
Here's an excerpt from the published article, "The right look: Conservative politicians look better and voters reward it":
Our model of within-party competition predicts that voters use beauty as a cue for conservatism when they do not know much about candidates and that politicians on the right benefit more from beauty in low-information elections.
In the end, we think Carlos said it best:
H/T: Twitter, The Atlantic