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Why Conservative Politicians May Be More Attractive Than Liberal Ones

A new study suggests that conservative politicians in the United States, Europe, and Australia tend to be better-looking.
Source: David Gray / Reuters

Conservative politicians are better looking than liberal politicians on average in the United States, Europe, and Australia—and that might create an overall advantage for conservative parties, according to a study published in the February issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Economics.

The study goes on to suggest that the more attractive a politician is, the more likely voters across the political spectrum are to assume he or she is conservative, while the less attractive a politician is, the more likely voters are to assume he or she is liberal.

Prior research indicates that good-looking political candidates win more votes

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