04.16.2012 04:08 PM

Liberals are more open than conservatives

We liberals knew that already, but here’s proof.  Kiss our asses, cons.


  1. Dave Wells says:

    I find conservatives are far more obsessed these days with finding heretics than gaining converts. I think we need to stop calling the far right conservatives and start calling them what they are- radicals.

  2. Lance says:

    And the very same study also proves that conservatives are “more conscientious, a trait that indicates they appreciate order and structure in their lives”.

  3. Bill says:

    Warren, you have just displayed with this article why you only won 34 seats during the last election, and people ran in droves. 11% of the available seats.

    Liberals continue to think the are better than NDPer or Conservatives. Somehow libs feel superior, like your made from different DNA. Guess what, Canadians said ” I don’t think so”. You guy’s need a reality check, come back down to earth and you might have people return, if not, the NDP will be the new trick in town (on the left)….for a very long time.

    • Warren says:

      Don’t blame the last four Grit campaigns on me! I was with the three campaigns that won.

      • Bill says:

        Sorry about that Warren, I didn’t mean to direct the blame solely at you (at liberals in general).

        You might be on to something, Chretien was a guy that the average Canadian could relate to.
        It this Superiority complex that seems to turn me off. I think this true for many swing voter such as myself.

    • Cameron Prymak says:

      No Bill, you just displayed the need for cognitive closure.

      And a decent dose of humourlessness.

  4. Cynical says:

    Confirmation of old findings.
    Rokeach: The Open and Closed Mind etc

    Does not hurt to remind folks about this. I am so sick of those who attack the evidence that contradicts their beliefs.

  5. dave says:

    I usually see myself as a leftie. I know,lefties are often accused of having all answers, as in a total, or totalitarian way. (Man, that Stalin messed leftie-ism up!) In the article referred , a part that catches my eye is the ‘closure’ need.
    About 5 years ago I had a diagnosis of melanoma. I was trying to find out what I could about the disease, but, I had my moments of brooding. I noticed that one thought that kept passing through my mind was, “Ah, geez, I don’t want it to end. I want to see how things turn out.”
    I noticed this in my mind, and wondered how the heck I would believe that ‘Things will turn out.’ Maybe too many movies, maybe I read too many fiction pieces. My experience is that things do not turn out; they continue on, changing, sometimes repeating, but they do not really turn out.
    Seems to me we do have politicians, some who gain power, who see things as, ‘Turning out,’ and figuring that they should use their powers to effect final answers, – total answers. They have clean endings in mind, and try to use their power to bring about those clean endings. At times they try to bring about the kind of apocalyptic endings that they hoped for.
    Of course, with an open ended view (according to the article, a ‘liberal’ view) a person sees things as ever changing, ever evolving. Perhaps a weakness in this is that a liberal might not move to effect changes that he sees as not of immediate need. For example, a liberal might figure that he has lots of time to do something about child care, or the environment, – maybe after the next election, or the one after that.
    Anyway, I think that I agree with the writer that needing and seeking closure is a conservative mind’s tendency, and that looking forward to change and flux is a liberal mind’s tendency.
    Probably most of us have a mix of both at various times.

  6. Robert Jago says:

    Here’s the research the article refers to: http://goo.gl/VRPpr (opens a Word doc). First off conservatives only refers to social conservatives and not economic conservatives. Which begs the question – what does this have to do with Canada? What are the big socon issues that we’re all debating? As far as I can tell, there are none. Yeah, there’s scaremongering, but in reality gay marriage is sacrosanct in this country, no national government in their right mind will touch abortion, or spout off about ‘intelligent’ design. Our parties, the fight between us is over money and federalism. And on those issues, there’s no difference or relevance to the concept of ‘openness’ between the two leading camps. What is interesting and unsettling though is what it says about New Canadians – those people whose votes the Liberals need if they ever want to come back. By Canadian standards they’re socons, and so the people you’re crapping on and are telling to kiss your Liberal ass*s are the immigrants of the 905. Traditionally though, shouldn’t it be the other way around?

  7. Ted H says:

    Conservatives also seem to be more concerned with “values”, in an abstract sense, than they are with people. Many of their policies are actually quite inhumane, many of them are short sighted and actually have the potential to cause problems and additional expense down the road.
    For instance Social Conservatives want to make abortion illegal, but at the same time they are quite ready to cut funding to social programs designed to help young women who are pregnant to either keep their babies, or to connect with couples seeking a child to adopt. Abortion is not a desirable option but don’t try to make it illegal, that just puts it into the back alley. Give those women a choice of better options and they won’t choose abortion. Even God gives us free will to make the right choices, Conservatives apparently, don’t believe in that.

  8. Elisabeth Lindsay says:

    “Give those women a choice of better options and they won`t choose abortion” – Ted.

    Please preserve us from men who think they have a clue about what a women would choose.

    • bluegreenblogger says:

      That is an odd response. Why do we need preserving from men that hold opinions about womens choices? It is not like Ted was advocating removing choice from the equation. Obviously there is no way that women will monolithically choose one thing over another, so Teds opinion about what would be chosen is not factually correct, but I do not think that it is cool to dis him for being a man. If you actually have a point, then why not argue the point

  9. bluegreenblogger says:

    Interesting article. What motivates people is always of interest to me. What I wonder is, why do those people who are more likely to be closed minded ( ‘conservatives’ ) contribute so much more of their time and money to political causes? I would guess it is because they are certain they are right, while ‘liberals’ are not sure they are right, and so are less willing to sacrifice their time and money on the political process?

  10. George says:

    I don’t like change,even if that means staying married to the same person.

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