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Political Participation Rooted in Genetic Inheritance


CofCC.org News Team…

Heading to the polls on Nov. 4? If so, your genes may be driving you there, a new study suggests. In fact, as much as 50 percent of whether you vote or not may be genetically determined, says a team at the University of California, San Diego. Genes may even be more important to your tendency to cast a ballot than family political history.

“It’s not just the gene that makes you vote, but it has an impact on how susceptible you are to different kinds of environments,” Fowler said. “Depending upon what kind of environment you are in, it is going to activate those tendencies you might have to cause you to participate in politics or not.” To thoroughly understand politics, one has to include genetics, Fowler now believes.

According to John T. Jost, a professor of psychology at New York University in New York City, this article is another in a growing list of studies suggesting that political orientation is partly heritable. “In some ways, this conclusion is not so surprising, given that we have known for over 50 years that there are basic cognitive, motivational, and behavioral differences between leftists and rightists,” Jost said.

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