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Study: Are some people born conservative?

A new study in the American Journal of Political Science looked at the relationship between fear and political ideology, and it found that people who experience higher levels of fear tend to be more politically conservative than those who are less predisposed to feeling afraid. While the researchers emphasized that their findings in no way suggest that every conservative is more fearful than every liberal, the study did identify a relationship between a fearful disposition and increased support for anti-immigrant and other segregationist policies.

"It's not that conservative people are more fearful; it's that fearful people are more conservative," Rose McDermott, professor of Political Science at Brown University and co-author of the study, said in a press release.

Now, it's probably important to insert a big caveat here.

As the study's co-author Peter Hatemi, associate professor of Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry at Penn State, told Chris Mooney at Mother Jones: "Nothing is all genes or all environment." But together, these things make us who we are.

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