Conservatives and racists are actually stupid, study finds

A new study links racists, as seen here in this 1921 photo of the KKK in Denver, and conservatives to having lower I.Q. scores.

A new study bound to stir controversy found that people with a low I.Q. are drawn to prejudice, racism and a socially conservative political ideology.

The study was conducted by researchers at Brock University in Ontario and published in the journal Psychological Science.

The study's lead author, Dr. Gordon Hodson, told LiveScience that people with lower intelligence scores are attracted to the "structure and order" of these ideologies because they make it easier to comprehend a complicated world.

"Reality is complicated and messy," Dr. Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia, who was not involved in the study, told The Huffington Post. "Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simpler solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies."

For more information on how the study was conducted, visit LiveScience.

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