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First-Ever Political Study of Top 1% Has Found Extreme Conservatism, Intense Political Involvement

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The authors found some stark evidence that the wealthier a rich person is, the more conservative he or she tends to be. For example, "The wealthiest of the wealthy tend to favor less regulation." "The wealthiest also tilted more toward cutting back domestic social welfare programs, especially Social Security."

Moreover, amongst the rich, every sub-group -- gender, age, education, even whether they were first-generation rich or rich via inheritances -- varied insignificantly from one-another: all sub-groups were the same -- extremely conservative. "The chief exception" was "The 24 percent of our respondents who classified themselves as "professionals' (mostly lawyers and doctors) differed markedly from the others. ... Professionals were particularly distinctive in their support for environmental protection, for action against climate change, and for economic aid abroad. They were also more supportive than others of certain social welfare programs and progressive taxation. Most notably, professionals tilted distinctly in the direction of more regulation rather than less regulation of various industries." To put it simply: they were far less likely to be psychopaths -- less likely to be interested only in "What's in it for me?"

"About twice as many of our respondents considered themselves Republicans ... as considered themselves Democrats."

So: for the first time ever, the attitudinal profile of the aristocracy, as compared to the public, is now known, via the first scientific study of it.

These authors explained why it was so difficult to achieve a study of this topic: "It is extremely difficult to identify and interview a representative sample of wealthy Americans. ... Even their gatekeepers have gatekeepers. It can take months of intensive efforts, pestering staffers and pursuing potential respondents to multiple homes, businesses and vacation spots, just to make contact. ... Our success resulted from special efforts. We employed highly talented and persuasive interviewers."

In two previous articles, "Studies Find that Conservatives Are Bad People, And That Successful People Tend to Be Bad," and "The Rich and Educated Believe Wealth Correlates With Virtue, Says Study," I summarized and linked to nine different research-reports in the social-psychological literature that have produced remarkably similar findings to the findings in this political-science survey.

I have not been able to find any studies, in any field, that report contrary results to these.

All studies of which I am aware have found that wealth tends to correlate with psychopathy: the rich tend to be much more psychopathic (self-interested at the expense of the public) than the rest of the population; and the richer one is, the more psychopathic one will tend to be.

The richest tend to be the greediest. Surprise!

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010 , and of   CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity .

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)
 
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I agree, "The richest tend to be the greediest." B... by David McElroy on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:48:23 PM
They are true conservatives, as found to constitut... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 4:51:45 PM
To David McElroy: PS: and how can you deny that ... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 5:19:30 PM
"The Republican Party isn't "conservative"?" No, a... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 6:30:56 AM
Yes. Exactly so. But my "schema" as you call it, p... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:43:51 PM
Well, it's something of a confused outline that yo... by Charles Roll on Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:54:27 AM
PPS: I just noticed you say "The Declaration of I... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 5:34:37 PM
You obviously do not know about what really start... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:00:23 PM
Yes, I don't like deceivers. But fortunately, you ... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 6:10:53 AM
Ya sure, the Declararation of Independence cannot ... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:32:37 PM
The Declaration of Independence was a radical docu... by David Mills on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:05:33 PM
I think it depends on the definition of "conserva... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 10:47:38 AM
I have two big objections to extending the meaning... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 12:00:50 AM
Consider this, from the wikipedia article -The Am... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 12:23:24 AM
Next you're gonna tell me someone did a study of c... by Samson on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:56:52 PM
You're obviously comfortable with the lies you lo... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 5:01:10 PM
".. In an interview about the propo... by Lance Brofman on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:26:04 PM
Charles Dickens books are full of characters whose... by Derryl Hermanutz on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:26:05 PM
It's also interesting how Dickens became "classic... by Guglielmo Tell on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 11:34:31 PM
So it's true money can make you a monster, is it? ... by Mort Persky on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:36:53 AM
There exists pervasive extreme conservatism, and ... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:00:30 PM
If the reality is that there is no overwhelming s... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:10:34 PM
Re. your "Conservatism is defined as 'cautious ab... by Eric Zuesse on Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 3:28:31 PM
How would you be able to categorize Adolf Hitler ... by Charles Roll on Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:19:02 AM
You are talking about "conservatism" as the arist... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:30:06 PM
You are talking about a myth; I am talking about ... by Charles Roll on Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 10:31:46 PM
Science works like this: Newton measured gravitati... by Charles Roll on Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 10:33:46 PM
Policy preferences differ greatly between The Very... by Phil Emmi on Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 3:25:43 PM