Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Liberalism and caring for others

I must be getting soft--I haven't picked on liberals in a long time.

Liberals are the ones who care about people, right? Especially the innocent ones, the children. Except when the other people are your spouse, and the children are your children.

More than 16,000 people were asked their political orientation and if they had ever cheated on their spouses. The percentages are shown in the graphs above.

In the top graph, we see that liberals are allergic to marriage--the more liberal you are, the less likely to have ever jumped to broom. But we can't look here to compare rates of infidelity since it doesn't make sense to give all those never married liberals credit for never having cheated on their spouses.

So, we turn to the lower graph which includes only those who have ever been married. The results: infidelity goes up with one's liberalism. Extremely liberal folks trounce on the hearts of their loved ones at a rate double that of extreme conservatives--27.5% vs. 12.7.

Liberals try to help abstract humanity with your money, while they piss on actual people--i.e., family members.

Oh, and let me anticipate liberal readers: liars on surveys are conservative.


Scott said...

Great post.

I think urbanism which goes along with liberalism could be a contributor to infidelity. It's a lot easier to get away with cheating in a big anonymous city than in a small town.

Peter said...

Liberals might be more likely to be in so-called "open marriages."

MensaRefugee said...

Didnt the question say cheated on their spouses?

I think that excludes open marriages.

Last I checked (Was it The Bell Curve?) 78% of America lives in a Metropolitan zone.

Stephen said...

The survey missed a lot of conservatives because public lavatories don't have phones.

Jason Malloy said...

Didnt the question say cheated on their spouses?

The question used, EVSTRAY, is "Have you ever had sex with someone other than your husband or wife while you were married?"

A similar question, XMARSEX, asks "What is your opinion about a married person having sexual relations with someone other than the marriage partner?"

So because of the wording, the relative importance of open marriage vs deception can't be answered by the GSS.

The question TAXCHEAT is the only one I can identify as a proxy for honesty. Liberals have less strong beliefs that cheating on taxes is wrong than conservatives.

Jason Malloy said...

Also Arthur C. Brooks has looked at political views and charity.

Jason Malloy said...

Of note, David Buss asked a sample (PDF) of husbands and wives in their first year of marriage if they believed they or their spouse would have an affair. The question wording is less ambiguous than the GSS:

Political liberalness was consistently positively, but weakly, correlated with infidelity estimates, reaching significance in only three of the 48 correlations
computed. The rest of the background variables showed only occasional significant relationships with estimates of infidelity, with no consistent patterns emerging.

So out of all background characteristics - age, SES, religiosity, education - liberalism is the only one that consistently correlated with predicted infidelity.

Anonymous said...

"Moved by data, not doctrine."


SFG said...

Naaah, he's right. There probably is a weak correlation between liberalism and social deviance. (Really deviant types--street thugs and such--tend to be apolitical.) Not believing in rules and such.

I would like to point out that this still remains an argument ad hominem. They cheat on their wives, so they're wrong! Remember, a majority even of extremely liberal types are still faithful... and, you know, Hitler believed 1+1=2.

Anonymous said...

""Moved by data, not doctrine.""


My thoughts exactly.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Liberals are fucking scum, no surprise. And some faggot claims that most deviants are "apolitical" hah!