Are you very bothered by the sight of a cockroach, the smell of urine, coming into contact with a toilet seat in a public restroom, or accidentally drinking from a stranger’s soda can? If so, then you’re probably a political conservative, according to a recent study. In various surveys, researchers found that people who indicated more “disgust sensitivity” were significantly more likely to label themselves conservative, especially on issues like abortion and gay marriage.
Inbar, Y. et al., “Conservatives Are More Easily Disgusted Than Liberals,” Cognition & Emotion (June 2009).
What I want to know is, what if the things that disgust you are conservatives like Rove, Cheney, Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity, and O’Reilly?
The same article in the Boston Globe also talks about a study that tests the Wall Street claim that the “best and the brightest” migrated to the hedge fund industry. Their conclusion? Not so much.