Money makes people right-wing and inegalitarian

Feb 06, 2014 by Peter Dunn

(Phys.org) —Lottery winners tend to switch towards support for a right-wing political party and to become less egalitarian, according to new research on UK data by Professor Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick and Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee of the London School of Economic and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.

Their study, published as a new University of Warwick working paper under the title "Does Money Make People Right-Wing and Inegalitarian: A Longitudinal Study of Lottery Wins", shows that the larger the win, the more people tilt to the right. The study uses information on thousands of people and on wins up to 200,000 pounds sterling. The say it is the first research of its kind.

The authors believe their paper has wide implications for how democracy works. Professor Oswald said he had become doubtful of the view that morality was an objective choice. "In the voting booth, monetary self-interest casts a long shadow, despite people's protestations that there are intellectual reasons for voting for low tax rates."

"We are not sure exactly what goes on inside people's brains", said Nick Powdthavee, "but it seems that having money causes people to favour conservative right-wing ideas. Humans are creatures of flexible ethics."

The authors believe their paper has wide implications for how democracy works. Professor Oswald said he had become doubtful of the view that morality was an objective choice. "In the , monetary self-interest casts a long shadow, despite people's protestations that there are intellectual reasons for voting for low tax rates."

The authors' paper comments that:

"The causes of people's political attitudes are largely unknown. One possibility is that individuals' attitudes towards politics and redistribution are motivated by deeply ethical view.

Our study provides empirical evidence that voting choices are made out of self-interest."

Using a nationally representative sample of lottery winners in the UK – the British Household Panel Survey – the researchers have been able to explore the observed longitudinal changes in political allegiance of the bigger winners to the smaller winners. The effect is also sizeable. Winning a few thousand pounds in the lottery has an effect on right-wingness that is just under half of completing a good standard of education (i.e. A-levels) at high school.

The lottery winning effect is far stronger for males than females. The authors are not sure why.

The study has nobody who wins millions and millions. "We'd certainly love to be able to track the views of the rare giant winners", said Professor Oswald, "if any lottery company would like to work with our research team."

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More information: Read the paper here: www.powdthavee.co.uk/resources/SentVotingLottery12014PowdthaveeOs.pdf

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Porgie
2 / 5 (8) Feb 06, 2014
Money is hard to keep and easy to lose. When the government is determined (like the one we have) to take as much as it can from you because you have it, seems and is unfair. Those who never have money are always eager to tax those who have it simply because its seems they should pay, while I should not. Hardly fair, but human nature. The Obama administration is bent on taking the money of those who earned it, (or won it), and giving it to those who clearly have not done either. Its wrong. A little extra in your pocket makes you want to hold on to your property. Pathetic buying votes based on human nature is not right.
ryggesogn2
2.1 / 5 (7) Feb 06, 2014
"Our study provides empirical evidence that voting choices are made out of self-interest."

"monetary self-interest casts a long shadow, "
"had become doubtful of the view that morality was an objective choice"
For good reason. People will vote for those who promise to give them everything, unless the law protects property from plunder.

Wise people and wise leaders will act in their self interests when they understand there is no free lunch and eventually you run out of wealth to plunder.

But what's new?

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

"A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it."

Alexis de Tocqueville

Read more at http://www.brainy...IqS5j.99
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (8) Feb 06, 2014
"The authors say it is the first research of its kind."

Too bad they didn't read de Tocqueville, Bastiat, von Mises, Hayek, Adam Smith, .....

"Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
Bastiat

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

Aristotle

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

John Adams"

Porgie
2.1 / 5 (7) Feb 06, 2014
Good stuff ryggy.
kochevnik
4.6 / 5 (9) Feb 07, 2014
ryggesogn2 and Porgie are parasites who think they are entitled to massively benefit from the infrastructure created over the past centuries while returning nothing. They violate every tenet of the "greater good"

Some of the world's richest are liberal and philanthropists. They understand that people are the greatest investment one can make, and that some resources like clean water and air belong to everyone, or they belong to noone
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (9) Feb 07, 2014
infrastructure created over the past centuries

Funded by those who created wealth, not those who plunder wealth.
resources like clean water and air belong to everyone

Russian socialists don't seem to value clean air or water for anyone. Even in Sochi.
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (9) Feb 07, 2014
massively benefit from the infrastructure created

Travel to some turd world dump with zero infrastructure and only those companies with the wealth can build the infrastructure needed to create wealth.
kochevnik
4 / 5 (8) Feb 07, 2014
infrastructure created over the past centuries

Funded by those who created wealth, not those who plunder wealth.

The Earth contains wealth. Humans don't create wealth they simply modify it or hoard it. People would be much better off spreading knowledge through the Internet and abandoning multinational capitalist companies. Many drugs made by big pharma are ripped from the knowledge base of native tribes. Ferrel capitalism has produced more disease and pollution than improvements to the human condition
resources like clean water and air belong to everyone

Russian socialists don't seem to value clean air or water for anyone. Even in Sochi.
It has much better food and people are healthier from home grown food rather than the GMO shiyte you Americans eat
ryggesogn2
2.6 / 5 (5) Feb 07, 2014
"The defining difference between the recent two disappointing economic recoveries and the strong record of the 1980s has been the predisposition of presidents from both parties to champion politically-expedient remedies--bailouts and entitlements that steal money from promising R&D, public infrastructure, and private investment to bolster inefficient hospitals, abusive financial houses, and decadent universities.

When the best incomes are to be earned gaming regulators, dodging prosecutors, and fielding gladiators for Saturday spectacles, no wonder the economy doesn't grow, and one out of every six adult men is jobless and likely to stay that way.

Decadence begets decay."
http://www.breitb...ds-Decay
Howhot
3.7 / 5 (6) Feb 08, 2014
You know @R2, It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with. I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax! And for a little guy that is over burdened with sales taxes and fees that he can't afford, but Mr Romney could have millions stashed in a Cayman Islands bank-account and not support this country with it's small tax burden, is grossly unfair and unpatriotic. Yet this is something the republican believe in and do in practice.


Nestle
4.2 / 5 (5) Feb 08, 2014
Money makes people right-wing and inegalitarian...The authors say it is the first research of its kind.
It's not so surprising, because this research is so trivial, that it sets up a new level in a "duh science", i.e. the trivial research of self-evident truths.
ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (4) Feb 08, 2014
I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater.

Why lie?

"Professor Oswald said he had become doubtful of the view that morality was an objective choice."
Why didn't he study entrepreneurs or thrifty workers who save and invest instead if lottery winners?
How moral is a state run lottery? The researcher believes people are immoral so he looks for immoral people to study. How moral is that?
Sinister1812
3 / 5 (2) Feb 09, 2014
In other words, money makes people greedy and selfish. Yes, it does.
ryggesogn2
3 / 5 (2) Feb 09, 2014
In other words, money makes people greedy and selfish. Yes, it does.

No, only British lottery winners.
julianpenrod
1 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2014
Among other things, when those who accept the presence of God speak of religion, "science" devotees often pretend they should not be considered since they did not specify which religion they mean. Notice, the "study" here is only of individuals in economically strictly controlled, hierarchical societies. Get someone on a farm in an "undeveloped" country, who can grow, produce or barter for whatever they are interested in and let them win a lottery. They will never be so wanton thoughtless. Many early societies, remember, had, as a hallmark, a communal sharing. It is only when the thugs in charge start making it hard to get funds that attitudes become so severe. In fact, this is a craven dodge. Those who made societies so vicious about money, the rich, did not get that way from a "windfall". This lie of a "study" wants to hide the fact that the craven rich are born sociopaths, with no sense of decency or caring for others.
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (4) Feb 09, 2014
Those who made societies so vicious about money, the rich,

Who are 'the rich'?
Those that plundered their wealth or those that earned that wealth?

It's interesting how obsessed the socialists are with money.
raven rich are born sociopaths, with no sense of decency or caring for others.

Only those who have the power of state.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2014
How greedy!
"Government statistics have revealed that not only did Britons' penchant for extended sick leave damage the British economy by around £100bn ($164.1bn), but also that the average Brit takes 9.1 sick days each year, double that of U.S. workers, and four times that of those in the Asia-Pacific region."
"The statistics released by the British government on Friday reveal that 73 percent of those who took time off on long-term sickness were under the age of 50, while just 27 percent were over 50, perhaps implying a recent culture shift.

The industries bearing the brunt of the sicknesses were primarily education, public administration, and health"

http://www.breitb...s-reveal
Code_Warrior
5 / 5 (1) Feb 09, 2014
"In the voting booth, monetary self-interest casts a long shadow, despite people's protestations that there are intellectual reasons for voting for low tax rates."

Seems pretty simple to me. People who don't have money tend to want to acquire it and people who acquire money tend to want to keep it.
"Our study provides empirical evidence that voting choices are made out of self-interest.

Yes, and the sky is blue and water is wet.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 10, 2014
People who don't have money tend to want to acquire it and people who acquire money tend to want to keep it.


People who don't have money vote for a govt that will steal money for them and those with money vote for those who won't steal their money.
With no morality or rule of law to protect property, the 'poor' majority out vote the minority and plunder begins.
Of course it all end when other people's money is gone.
kochevnik
3 / 5 (2) Feb 10, 2014
People who don't have money tend to want to acquire it and people who acquire money tend to want to keep it.


People who don't have money vote for a govt that will steal money for them and those with money vote for those who won't steal their money.
With no morality or rule of law to protect property, the 'poor' majority out vote the minority and plunder begins.
Of course it all end when other people's money is gone.
That's your libertarian utopia, Somalia
Howhot
3.3 / 5 (3) Feb 11, 2014
People who don't have money vote for a govt that will steal money for them and those with money vote for those who won't steal their money.With no morality or rule of law to protect property, the 'poor' majority out vote the minority and plunder begins. Of course it all end when other people's money is gone.
That's your libertarian utopia, Somalia

Somalia is about right. Not only that, but who is stealing from whom? I swear @R2, you have the most greed-centric point of view. Were are the principles that our founders established for governance and public service in your point of view? Have you lost sense of the fundamental principles on which America was founded? All men are created equal with the unalienable right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That does not mean YOU have any right to squash the life, liberty or happiness of others. There is a balance between workers and the wealthy but unfair maximalist greed can certainly upset what was a fair system!
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2014
"libertarain Utopia" is an oxymoron.
Libertarians do not believe in Utopia, a socialist concept.
That does not mean YOU have any right to squash the life, liberty or happiness of others

And it doesn't mean you have the right to hire gangsters (IRS agents) to plunder the wealth from anyone you believe doesn't need it.
nowhere
3 / 5 (2) Feb 14, 2014
And it doesn't mean you have the right to hire gangsters (IRS agents) to plunder the wealth from anyone you believe doesn't need it.

Unfortunately there are limited resources in our world, and when an entity hordes these resources it affects everyone else negatively. That an individual is better able to exploit the system and opportunities available to them shouldn't entitle them to a better life than anyone who works just as hard as they do, if not more so.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 14, 2014
Unfortunately there are limited resources in our world,

No, there are not.
Limits are in the small minds of the socialists who have not left the plains of Africa.
Who hoards resources?
That an individual is better able to exploit the system

When 'the system' is a socialist system it is ripe for exploitation as the mechanisms for force and coercion are in place. Which is why the socialists/'liberals'/'progressives' love govt power.
What is wrong with exploiting an opportunity?
shouldn't entitle them

works just as hard

If someone works hard and creates no value, what are they entitled to or why should they be entitled to anything?

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