Well, this has always been true, now we have the science to back it up. And you’re not allowed to question science, deniers!
Are conservatives more likely to stick to a diet than liberals? The answer might be yes.
In a paper published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers say there is a link between political ideology and the ability to exert self-control.
In a series of three studies with more than 300 participants, the authors found that people who identify as conservative perform better on tests of self-control than those who identify as liberal regardless of race, socioeconomic status and gender.
They also report that participants’ performance on the tests was influenced by how much they believed in the idea of free will, which the researchers define as the belief that a person is largely responsible for his or her own outcomes.
For example, conservatives who are more likely to embrace the idea of free will overwhelmingly agreed with statements like “Strength of mind can always overcome the body’s desires” and “People can overcome any obstacles if they truly want to.”
Conservatives are also faster to comprehend basic words.
“If you see the word ‘red’ in blue type your mind wants to say ‘blue’ right away, but you have to suppress that,” Clarkson said. “That’s why it is a strong indicator of self regulation.”
The authors found that while both liberals and conservatives were able to accurately read the words, conservatives generally were able to do it faster than liberals.
Maybe we should ban liberalism to save liberals from themselves. It’s for their own good. Meanwhile, liberals also hate freedom.
“You tell liberals that belief in free will is bad and they are like, ‘Good, I don’t have it anyway,’ ” he said.
The researchers ran a similar test with a different fake article that argued belief in free will is useful for self-control and can lead to better and increased effort. After reading that article, conservatives outperformed liberals once again on the test.
This likely explains why liberals constantly fall for fake stories. Basically they’re stupid. It’s science, and it’s settled.