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Stronger Men More Likely to be Conservative

By on 5.16.13 | 10:53AM

The Daily Mail ran a piece today that shows research on physical strength being linked to conservative beliefs. No wonder I bench press more than Obama ever could. From the article:

Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength.

Men's upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research.

The principal investigators - psychological scientists Michael Bang Petersen, of Aarhus University in Denmark, and Daniel Sznycer, of the University of California in the U.S., believe that the link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behaviour today.

Professor Petersen said: ‘While many think of politics as a modern phenomenon, it has - in a sense - always been with our species.’

The way forward is clear: we need to get the country's men on creatine and lifting weights like Arnold.

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