From intelligence to political ideology: Socioeconomic paths

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Abstract

We study the role of socioeconomic status as a mediator of the effect of cognitive ability on ideology based on two large representative database (n = 25,203 and n = 7668). Rather than treating socioeconomic status as an aggregate concept, we examine the different roles of its two components – income and education – in mediating the effect of cognitive ability on ideology. We find that the education-mediated effect of cognitive ability is on liberal ideology is positive whereas the income-mediated effect is negative. The implications of these results for the processes that shape political ideology are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110095
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume164
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Education
  • Income
  • Intelligence
  • Political ideology
  • Socioeconomic status

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