Rightwing candidates are better looking, study shows

Feb 23, 2011

Rightwing candidates are better looking than their leftwing counterparts, something they benefit from during elections, according to a study conducted by Swedish and Finnish economists.

"One possible explanation is that people who are seen or consider themselves beautiful tend to be more anti-egalitarian and rightwing," Niclas Berggren, one of the three co-authors of the study, told AFP Wednesday.

The study compared results from parliamentary and municipal elections held in Finland in 2003 and 2004 respectively with an online poll of non-Finns to determine how the 1,357 participating Finnish candidates ranked in terms of beauty.

More than 2,500 non-Finns were shown photographs of each candidate, with no indication of which side of the political spectrum they stood on, and were asked to rank them on a scale from one (very ugly) to five (very beautiful).

"We establish two main results. First, we find that the candidates on the right look better than the candidates on the left. Second, we find a greater effect of good looks, in terms of more votes for candidates on the right," the report states.

Berggren pointed out that "several studies have shown that good looks bring more votes, but we believe we're the first to analyse this in terms of political sides."

Explaining the findings, he said that globally, "the left perhaps traditionally has used a more rational approach.

The right meanwhile, "has been more conscious of the importance of looks," he said, pointing to the examples of Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin in the United States.

The study also shows that the "beauty premium" for garnering votes is more apparent in municipal elections than in a national vote.

"As municipal candidates are relatively unknown, the beauty-premium gap indicates that voters, especially those to the right, use beauty as a cue for candidate ideology or quality in the municipal elections," the report reads.

The preliminary study, which was published by the German Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), has yet to appear in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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1.8 / 5 (15) Feb 23, 2011
Read "Makers and Takers" by Peter Schweizer. Conservative people are superior to liberal people on virtually all measures. Honesty, diligence, intelligence, education, wealth, happiness, and health. (Liberals will find this impossible to believe.) People who are better off on all measures would be likely to appear more attractive, on average, to those scoring on looks.
Pyle
4.4 / 5 (12) Feb 23, 2011
Conservative people are superior to liberal people on virtually all measures. Honesty, diligence, intelligence, education, wealth, happiness, and health.

Wow! That takes the cake. Nice trolling. I predict a fine catch.
panorama
4 / 5 (8) Feb 23, 2011
Some of the best anal sex I've had was with a right winger...
rinardman
4.2 / 5 (5) Feb 23, 2011
So, this explains why I have gotten more conservative as I've grown older.

I get better looking every year!
DavidCollin
3.4 / 5 (5) Feb 23, 2011
Yeah Sara Palin and Michelle Bachman are MILFs for sure. Get their support from horny, pious, sex-deprived right-wing radio commentators.
Skeptic_Heretic
3.9 / 5 (11) Feb 23, 2011
This is simple natural selection.

When the selective pressures for success within your party require women to have oogle-able tits and ass, you would expect the women who succeed in that party to be physically attractive.

When the selective pressures of your party value intellect over appearance, you get quite the opposite.

Is it any wonder that Republican front runners are all appearance and no substance?
panorama
3.9 / 5 (7) Feb 23, 2011
Is it any wonder that Republican front runners are all appearance and no substance?

Plus, what republican isn't a tight ass?
Skeptic_Heretic
4 / 5 (8) Feb 23, 2011
Is it any wonder that Republican front runners are all appearance and no substance?

Plus, what republican isn't a tight ass?

The ones loosened by cranial inversion or federal prison.
kaypee
4.2 / 5 (5) Feb 23, 2011
Think about the claim of the article from the following perspective: the overwhelming majority of politicians are narcissists (it's nearly a requirment for the job). It's more likely than not that someone running for public office is probably not the person who should get the job,
panorama
3.9 / 5 (7) Feb 23, 2011
Is it any wonder that Republican front runners are all appearance and no substance?

Plus, what republican isn't a tight ass?

The ones loosened by cranial inversion or federal prison.

Also, I think that service is provided in the bathrooms of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Or at least that's what Larry Craig thought...
ScientistAmauterEnthusiast
3.7 / 5 (6) Feb 23, 2011
Evil is attractive
CSharpner
4.3 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2011
Wow! What an article for baiting a political fight! It's amazing the nasty things people have to say about their friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family simply because of political opinion differences.

"Research shows what you say about others says a lot about you"
_ttp://www.physorg.com/news199982319.html
includao
4.5 / 5 (8) Feb 23, 2011
The study compared election results from parliamentary and municipal elections held in Finland. Most right-wingers in Finland would qualify as leftists in the USA, where 90% of all right-wingers are actually hiding sociopaths playing as politicians.
ScientistAmauterEnthusiast
4 / 5 (4) Feb 23, 2011
The study compared election results from parliamentary and municipal elections held in Finland. Most right-wingers in Finland would qualify as leftists in the USA, where 90% of all right-wingers are actually hiding sociopaths playing as politicians.


My thoughts are the same.
panorama
3 / 5 (2) Feb 23, 2011
Wow! What an article for baiting a political fight! It's amazing the nasty things people have to say about their friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family simply because of political opinion differences.

"Research shows what you say about others says a lot about you"
_ttp://www.physorg.com/news199982319.html

I stand firmly by my comments!
that_guy
1 / 5 (1) Feb 23, 2011
The study compared election results from parliamentary and municipal elections held in Finland. Most right-wingers in Finland would qualify as leftists in the USA


So why did it take 15 comments for someone to point this out? Also, it's very unscientific to assume that something like this in one country would automatically apply to another, like the US. Colloquially tho, I admit Hillary vs Palin, or Pelosi VS Mccain's Daughter. it seems to fly at first blush.

I'm not above the political baiting, but I'll set it aside for today.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2011
You ladies obviously can't take a joke.
Terrible_Bohr
5 / 5 (4) Feb 23, 2011
This is hardly fair: the left has Michael Moore pulling their average appearance WAY down.
ScientistAmauterEnthusiast
1 / 5 (1) Feb 23, 2011
This is hardly fair: the left has Michael Moore pulling their average appearance WAY down.


He makes up for it with his sexually attractive juicy brain, the women love him ;)
ArthorBearing
3 / 5 (2) Feb 23, 2011
First of all the assumption that Northern European candidates are automatically more liberal (whether right or left wing) is suspect. For example the Dutch politician Geert Wilders is openly anti-Muslim. I think the articles premise that attractive people tend to be more anti-egalitarian whereas unattractive people tend to be egalitarian holds moer water
geokstr
1.8 / 5 (10) Feb 27, 2011
I think the articles premise that attractive people tend to be more anti-egalitarian whereas unattractive people tend to be egalitarian holds moer water

Well, there's the answer then. Tax the attractive people a lot more than the unattractive ones, and subsidize ugliness. What you subsidize, you always get more of.

Not much different than what the left does to incentive, motivation, creativity, and initiative now with high taxes on the successful.
kaasinees
1 / 5 (6) Feb 27, 2011
Racist douchebags like Wilders doesn't deserve to live -.-
geokstr
2 / 5 (12) Feb 27, 2011
Racist douchebags like Wilders doesn't deserve to live -.-

Yes, who does he think he is anyway, trying to keep his country's culture from being overrun by primitives who want to drag everyone else back to the 7th century with them?

Is that all you leftlings have left - to shriek "racist" at everyone who disagrees with you? Islam isn't a race, it's a political ideology disguised as a religion, but don't let that get in your way.

Just keep your head firmly buried in the sand. Perhaps they'll chop it off last.
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (9) Feb 27, 2011
Just keep your head firmly buried in the sand. Perhaps they'll chop it off last.

If their head is in the sand, their posterior is in the air.
What are they offering to their new Muslim masters?
rynox
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 28, 2011
Wonder if they would find the same thing in the US... probably. I mean McCain is kind of wretched, but Romney is dashing... they would probably cancel each other out. Nikki Haley, Eric Cantor... yeah, I suppose Republicans would easily win the beauty contest. If I ever have to vote on a party based on looks, Republicans take heart that you have my vote.

When it comes to leading America back to greatness, however...
kaasinees
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 03, 2011
Yes, who does he think he is anyway, trying to keep his country's culture from being overrun by primitives who want to drag everyone else back to the 7th century with them?


Haha fkin idiot? Do you even live in the netherlands?

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