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New Study Says Liberals Are Messy, Conservatives Are Neat

Messy Room? A New Study Says You May Be a Liberal

A controversial new study hints it may be possible to look at a room and figure out how that room's inhabitant is voting. Set to be published in the Journal of Political Psychology the study asserts that empty pizza box is "behavioral residue" that points to "distinct cognitive inclinations" that sends liberals in the direction of ambiguity and intellectualism, and spins conservatives toward order. These inclinations "drive the way one leads one's life and displays one's life in their living and work spaces," says one of the study's authors. Here are the differences they've found — see if you buy their findings:

Conservatives:

  • Right-leaners often have spaces filled with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials. Fun! Darning socks time!

  • Their bedrooms and offices are well-lighted.
  • They decorate with sports paraphernalia and flags — especially American ones.
  • The study's authors say, "Conservatives have a need for order, for there not to be ambiguity. There you see that expressed by being more orderly, having more cleaning supplies, needing to have everything lined up and organized so that one feels one's environment is predictable and therefore safe."

Curious about that messy room? To find out their findings on liberals,

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Liberals:

  • Lefties have spaces that are colorful and filled with books about travel, ethnicity, feminism, and music.
  • They have music collections covering folk, classic, and modern rock.
  • While they're rocking out to the above collection, they're looking at their art supplies, movie tickets, and travel memorabilia.
  • The study's authors say, "It's pleasurable for liberals to think more. They gravitate toward art, to things that are not as concrete."

Do some of these conclusions sound. . . stereotypical? Not everyone is on board with the science behind the conclusions. Political scientist Evan Charney, a fellow at the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University, says,
"Confirmation bias has flooded into this [area of] study. I'm a liberal but I don’t believe liberals are superior people or that there's an obvious correlation between personality and political ideology. [The studies] take the most value-laden language and treat it as if you're talking about a left-spinning or right-spinning neutron. They are invariably going to reflect the value assumptions of a society—in this case, academic liberals."

Conservatives, are you home making a McCain/Palin quilt in your brightly lit room? What do you make of this? Good science?

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ennieannie ennieannie 8 years
I also guarantee, spelling is not my forte!
ennieannie ennieannie 8 years
Not only is this politically biased, but it is also culturally biased. As with any "red-blooded liberal", I love music, but I guarentee my music collection has never, nor will it ever, contain any of the following: They have music collections covering folk, classic, and modern rock.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
*I mean, as far as it described me.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Except for the music thing, that actually sounds about right to me.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Sorry! I'm a neat-freak and super organized. Our bookshelf is stocked with books about sports, and has zero books on ethnicity or feminism. We never go to the movies (or watch DVDs), and aren't artsy. And my husband and I definitely both liberal.
Sugarblonde Sugarblonde 9 years
I love when studies really reach to make "conclusions." It's like this pizza box represents this, which represents this, which means this stereotype. Yup I definitely see the connection...
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
This is so untrue. According to this, my older brothers who have completely messy rooms would be liberal, and they're not, and my aunt would be conservative, but she's definitely not.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I am liberal however I tend to need order (I think I have a mild form of OCD sometimes.) Other's may look at my room and think items aren't were they should be yet for me they are. But I have random eclectic pieces and books around my room, so maybe that shows the liberal side? I don't know. My musical taste spans many genres, not just folk, classic and modern rock. While some are true, this study needs more breakdowns. So pretty much, while it was fun read, I think this "study" is just cr*p and a waste of cash.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Damn that looks like a guy I dated in college. He was one of those thespians that was happy all the time breaking into random monologues and song. Oh and the messy room thing don't work with gays we keep our $#!+ neat and tight. Otay!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
As I look around my apartment and see sheet music, travel and art books, programs from the theater, laundry that I need to do, and clutter that needs to be gone through I sigh and say...well if the shoe fits! ;)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
to me - this is as ambiguous as horoscopes - they tell you some top line things and you say 'oh my goodness -that's EXACTLY like me'. i have the traits of a liberal, but in most senses of the word i'm a conservative.
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 9 years
Maybe the author of this study was confused? I have travelled a lot, I love other cultures, every kind of music, have tons of books, and always have clothes all over the floor and my house needs to be dusted--really bad! But I would definitely take it as an insult if somebody said I was a liberal. A slob I guess I am, tho! :(
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
*movie stubs*
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
Lefties have spaces that are colorful and filled with books about travel, ethnicity, feminism, and music. They have music collections covering folk, classic, and modern rock. While they're rocking out to the above collection, they're looking at their art supplies, movie tickets, and travel memorabilia. The study's authors say, "It's pleasurable for liberals to think more. They gravitate toward art, to things that are not as concrete." -------------------------------------------------------------------- Ok you got me. I'm definitely a liberal then. I love collecting movie stus, I'm a music junkie and I was trying to convince my mom to buy pictures of animals in Africa.
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 9 years
I wish this were true!! Cuz if it were, my house would be spotless and I'd have better lighting! lol...
laurelm laurelm 9 years
LOL, this is clearly biased and hilarious at that.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
What am I then? All of those bullets point to me (except the decorates with flags). Ah, and Independent.
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 9 years
"Conservatives, are you home making a McCain/Palin quilt in your brightly lit room?" lmao. people will do anything to get an article out about liberals or conservatives thinking that they have those two groups figured out. it's funny to me.
Roarman Roarman 9 years
I agree LilK that age probably plays a factor into who is neat and who is messy and in some cases there political leaning. This report is pretty ridiculous. My house is neat, I make lists for just about everything, my expenses are mapped out on a spreadsheet. I also love to read, but hate classic rock.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I've never been a big flag person. I'm very patriotic and I love our country, but the flag is just not "me," I guess.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Oh, gotcha. There were people who were McCain supporters who were nice, but the flag people were not happy to have an Obama volunteer at their door. One guy told me to move along from his block even though I wasn't even at his door and he wasn't on my list. It makes me sad that the flag in some way belongs to one party. I used to be a big flag person. Had one on my car, wore a cool vintage t-shirt with a flag (It said "This flag won't burn" or "These colors don't run" I forget which.) When I was young I had a flag in my room so I could say the pledge on the weekends. But I would never put a flag sticker on my car, now, because I wouldn't want my patriotism misinterpreted. And that makes me really sad.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
bunch of slobs! come over to the clean side. i must go dust my laundry baskets...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I think it would be interesting to look at people in the same age group with different political persuasions and see if this holds true, as well. Of course there are messy 50-years and neat 18 year-olds, but I feel that a lot of times younger people are messier and a lot of times younger people are more liberal. (Obviously this does not apply to everyone.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Yes. I kind of meant my statement to back yours up. I mean, of course this study isn't true across the board, but there may be some truth in it!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Lil K, I assume you were canvassing for the Republican nominee?
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