Friday, September 19, 2008


If scary sights easily startle you, that might reveal that you're politically conservative.

That's the conclusion in a report published today in the journal Science about a study conducted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln political science professor John Hibbing.

The study indicates that people who are frightened by scary images and flinch at loud noises are likely to lean conservative and often favor increased spending for the military and support the death penalty and the Iraq war.

Those who are less easily startled likely will lean toward liberal stances and typically favor relaxed immigration policies, gun control and more spending on aid to foreign countries, the study indicated.

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