A Cornell Assistant Prof in psychology, David Pizarro, has evidence that politically conservative folk tend to suffer feelings of disgust and revulsion more easily than those on the loony left.
In the first study, published in the journal Cognition & Emotion,
Pizarro and co-authors Yoel Inbar of Harvard University's Kennedy
School of Government and Paul Bloom of Yale University surveyed 181
U.S. adults from politically mixed "swing states." They subjected these
adults to two indexes: the Disgust Sensitivity Scale (DSS), which
offers various scenarios to assess disgust sensitivity, and a political
ideology scale. From this they found a correlation between being more
easily disgusted and political conservatism.
To test whether disgust sensitivity is linked to specific
conservative attitudes, the researchers … surveyed 91 Cornell
undergraduates with the DSS, as well as with questions about their
positions on issues including gay marriage, abortion, gun control,
labor unions, tax cuts and affirmative action.
Participants who rated higher in disgust sensitivity were more
likely to oppose gay marriage and abortion, issues that are related to
notions of morality or purity. The researchers also found a weak
correlation between disgust sensitivity and support for tax cuts, but
no link between disgust sensitivity and the other issues.
And in a separate study in the current issue of the journal Emotion,
Pizarro and colleagues found a link between higher disgust sensitivity
and disapproval of gays and lesbians. For this study, the researchers
used implicit measures (measures that have been shown to assess
attitudes people may be unwilling to report explicitly; or that they
may not even know they possess).
Liberals and conservatives disagree about whether disgust has a valid
place in making moral judgments, Pizarro noted. Conservatives have
argued that there is inherent wisdom in repugnance; that feeling
disgusted about something — gay sex between consenting adults, for
example — is cause enough to judge it wrong or immoral, even lacking a
concrete reason. Liberals tend to disagree, and are more likely to base
judgments on whether an action or a thing causes actual harm. (ScienceDaily)
Huh. You'd think Gibbers would be a Marxist.
Maybe somebody should give Democrats John Lee and Mo Denis, who both voted twice against the domestic partners thing, a mud bath or something. You know: to reduce that repugnance factor some.
Say, how is it that conservatives breed, if they don't like to get wet and sticky? Huh?