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Study on Ideology - Are you Really Leftwing?
« on: April 17, 2012, 09:10:42 am »
http://www.le.ac.uk/economics/research/RePEc/lec/leecon/dp09-23.pdf

It's a study tallying the perceptions of people as to whether they are right wing or left wing against their positions on income inequality.

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How does education affect ideology? It would seem that the better educated, if anything, are
less accurate in how they perceive their ideology. Higher levels of education are associated with
being less likely to believe oneself to be right-wing, whilst simultaneously associated with being
in favour of increased inequality. This result contrasts with those for income: higher levels of
income are associated with both believing oneself to be more right-wing as well as considering
more inequality to be necessary.

also from the article:

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Table 6 suggests
that men in OECD countries favour more inequality and on average perceive themselves as
being more right-wing than women. Men in the rest of the world perceive themselves as being
more right-wing although are not significantly so, as measured by moreequal.

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Happier individuals are found to be both more
leftwing and perceive themselves as such.