Physical Strength and Attitudes Toward Economic Policies
I’m a rich, strong man: Down with wealth distribution!
Posted May 16, 2013
Using data from Argentina (113 males, 110 females), the United States (211 males, 275 females), and Denmark (421 males, 372 females), the authors measured the circumference of the flexed bicep of one’s dominant arm as the proxy for upper-body strength (best predictor of said strength), collected participants’ attitudes toward numerous statements dealing with economic distribution, and captured their SES. Without getting into the statistical details, the findings supported their posited hypotheses. To reiterate, physical strength as measured by bicep size was positively correlated with expressed support for redistribution among low-SES men, and negatively correlated with such support for high-SES men. These correlational effects were not operative for women. Incidentally, this constitutes my third post in three days. I am on a roll!
As someone who lives in the grand daddy of welfare societies, the findings suggest that I am a rich and physically formidable man!
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