Political Preference is Half Genetic

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Whether you prefer Rush Limbaugh or Keith Olbermann has to do with your genes and your psychology, according to a new study.

People who are more conscientious and prefer order, structure and closure in their lives tend to be more conservative, whereas creative people who are open to new experiences tend to be more politically liberal, says John Jost, a psychologist at New York University who conducted an overview of previous studies involving a total of more than 22,000 participants from 12 countries.

But that psychological profile only pulls half the weight when it comes to determining people’s politics, his review showed. The other half is genetic, as is revealed in studies of twins and their political bent, Jost says.

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~ by searching4alpha on May 24, 2007.

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