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What Role Do Genetics Play in Determining Your Political Beliefs?

Have you ever wondered why you believe what you believe politically and ideologically? Most of us have long assumed our family and friends, our experiences, and the view we have of the world that surrounds us all help influence our opinions. But a recent study from Rice University suggests biology may well play a factor […]

Have you ever wondered why you believe what you believe politically and ideologically? Most of us have long assumed our family and friends, our experiences, and the view we have of the world that surrounds us all help influence our opinions.

But a recent study from Rice University suggests biology may well play a factor in predisposing people to see and understand the world in different ways. Could we actually be genetically predisposed to be conservatives or liberals?

We ask John Alford, associate professor of political science at Rice University and co-author of the study, titled “Differences in Negativity Bias Underlie Variations in Political Ideology.”

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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