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Our DNA Tells Us How to Vote?

Do you have the liberal or conservative gene? That's right, we may be born with our political persuasions. According to some anecdotal evidence, backed up by scholarly research, our DNA may have more to say about how we vote than our upbringing or environment.

In the UK, a Liberal member of Parliament went on a mission to find his biological parents. The adopted politician found out that his great-grandfather was also a member of parliament, and a member of the Liberal party too!

Coincidence? Not according to a recent study of American twins. Researches found that identical twins, who have the exact same genetic makeup, agree about politics more than fraternal twins. Now, science is trying to identify the exact "politics" gene.

So does this mean pundits will start analyzing the "CC phenotype" vote? Should politicians pander to the "641C homozygote" constituency?

Do we have political free will, or is it all written in our DNA? I'm not sure I really want to know.


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rpenner rpenner 9 years
this seems ridiculous to me. i vote very different then my parents
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Is sarcasm genetically linked to conservatives?
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
What is this sarcasm you speak of?
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
syako - I caught the sarcasm. However, it didn't sound like you were being sarcastic about the study itself, but more or less being sarcastic with the wrong facts. Pardon me.
Meike Meike 9 years
I'm inclined to disagree that our political stances are entirely influenced by genealogy. For one, my parents, grandparents, and many of my relatives are conservative. I think their conservativeness was passed on by family tradition. I, on the other hand, seemed to have broken that mold. I'm a liberal like very few others in my family. I'd say we are more influence by our educational upbringing and our own initiative to do the research on certain political issues. I didn't start off a liberal. Only when I started to break from my parents' conservative grasps was I able to explore the knowledge around me and gauge for myself what positions I would uphold. In any case whether I was taught by my parents my political beliefs or I taught myself, in the nature vs. nurture debate, the latter wins this round, imo. A 'political' gene? I doubt it. Several genes that contributed to a person's personality that would make him or her sway right or left in conjunction with environmental factors? That's more believable.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well genealogy is still a young science and although genes are a good indicator for many things I will need to see a lot more detailed study and evidence that is more conclusive to suggest a link to political inclination. I happen to think its more family tradition and environment that shapes our political views.
stephley stephley 9 years
Oy, if it's genetic my father would use it to claim that none of his knee jerk liberal daughters are his!
syako syako 9 years
mat - there's this thing called sarcasm...
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
syako - It wasn't his parents, it was his GREAT GRANDFATHER, and he was adopted by someone else and raised an entirely different environment. Also, there is a lot more than Liberal and Conservative in British Parliamant. Labor, Tory, and Liberal Democrats are just a handful of the parties. So, while I'm disinclined to think that we have a set political stance based on our genetics (I'm inclined to think it's nature AND nurture), I have to admit that the fact that his great grandfather who he had never met or even heard of until that point was a member of Parliament and a member of the same party is pretty phenomenal.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
yea orchid I never thought of that, but now that you mention it, it does seem like genes are taking the credit for everything!
orchidaceous orchidaceous 9 years
If there's a gene, I must not have gotten it from either of my parents, both of whom are hard-core conservative Republicans. Does anyone else think it's a little ridiculous that there seems to be a gene for everything these days?
syako syako 9 years
so he found out that his biological parents were actually liberals like him!? That's amazing! I mean, out of the fact that they could have either been conservative or liberal, they were ACTUALLY liberal. Must mean there's a gene, definitely. :oy:
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