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Study shows difference between conservatives and liberals in how they deal with moral issues

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HERE‘s food for thought:

When it comes to topics like abortion or assisted suicide, there seems to be no common ground between conservatives and liberals. Why is there such a noticeable rift between the two political orientations?

Research published June in Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests that religious individuals and political conservatives think about moral issues in a fundamentally different way than liberals.

The study by Jared Piazza of the University of Pennsylvania and Paulo Sousa of Queen’s University Belfast, which included a total of 688 participants, found religious individuals and political conservatives consistently invoked deontological ethics. In other words, they judged the morality of actions based on a universal rule such as, “You should not kill.” Political liberals, on the other hand, consistently invoked consequentialist ethics, meaning they judged the morality of actions based on their positive or negative outcomes.

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The participants in the study provided their moral position on killing, assisted suicide, torture, incest, cannibalism, malicious gossip, stealing, lying, deception, betrayal, breaking a promise, breaking the law, and treason. The researchers discovered that religious individuals and political conservatives showed a “general insensitivity to consequences.”

For instance, religious individuals and political conservatives tended to say that lying was never acceptable under any circumstances, while political liberals tended to say that lying was permissible or even obligatory if it resulted in greater good than bad.

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2 Comments

  1. Janice Glyn-Gallagher

    So, if Conservative/ religious right say it is never OK to lie, then why do they do it so often? I am VERY liberal, and I am extremely truthful, sometimes brutally so. If someone does not like it, too bad. It is too much trouble to tell an untruth, and will eventually be caught, so why bother? Do they really think people are that stupid? Apparently so, especially since education is being gutted, and critical thinking skills are in decline. Just go play a video game and be happy… That is such crap! Not worth wasting my time. WAKE UP!!!!

  2. “Just go play a video game and be happy”

    Sounds like a great idea. I’m off to play some halo.

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