People who hold more conservative views are usually seen as more attractive, a recent study revealed.
A study in the Journal of Public Economics determined that a person’s attractiveness correlates with their political beliefs, reports The Washington Post.
Right-leaning politicians from the United States, Europe and Australia were found to be more attractive, according to the study. The study showed people pictures of various politicians from the U.S., Australia, Finland and Europe and asked them to rate the leaders on a five-point scale: very unattractive (1), Below average (2), Average (3), Above average (4), Very handsome or beautiful (5).
The study also revealed that in certain elections where not much information is provided about candidates, Republican voters cared more about appearance than Democratic voters. In elections where a lot of information is known about the candidates, people tend to vote irrespective of appearance, the study said.
“We show that in municipal elections, a beauty increase of one standard deviation attracts about 20% more votes for the average non-incumbent candidate on the right and about 8% more votes for the average non-incumbent candidate on the left,” the study said.
The researchers suggested multiple reasons for this phenomenon. One such reason is that more attractive people view the world as “fair.”
“A more general psychological explanation could be that good-looking people are more likely to perceive the world as a just place, since they are treated better than others achieve higher status and are happier and a frequent reason for people to sympathize with the left is a perception of the world as unfair,” the study explained.
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