The Science Is In...Brexiteers Are Less Intelligent.
The Sunday Times in March contained a short article covering some research carried out by Missouri University. The research surveyed over eleven thousand volunteers before the 2016 referendum and subjected them to psychological testing. The results were depressingly unsurprising. The study found that compared to Remain voters, those intending to vote Leave ‘displayed significantly lower levels of numeracy and appeared more reliant on impulsive thinking.’
This is a disclosure to make any Remainer despair. I have long tried to hold to the core principle that just because you disagree with someone that doesn’t make them wrong, they are probably just coming at things from a different point of view. This has been difficult with Brexiteers given the volume of crowing and claims of ‘We Won’ post-referendum. Nonetheless I hung to my belief that the reason for their vote was not down to a lack of critical thinking, but rather a lack of broader life experience. I even posted an article on the topic, urging us on the Remain side to try and find some understanding.
This research means we must reconsider - perhaps those voting for Brexit are simply less intelligent and more easily manipulated. This has certainly been borne out over the last three years where they have become increasingly entrenched and embittered as the evidence of how impossible a successful departure from the EU really is. The fact that Nigel Farage the ringmaster of Brexit is back on the scene doesn’t help. He is an arch manipulator and if the Brexit voting public are less reliant on fact, more impulsive and easily misled then he will find it simple to stir the pot once more.
The fear is that even if we manage to do the right thing and get a People’s Vote ratified by parliament the views of those in the Leave camp will remain unchanged. There is some shadow of hope that the research by Missouri University only reported a tendency for most Brexiteers to be led intelligent. We pray that the more informed Leavers have seen the error of their ways and have drifted to Remain and will tip the balance of a referendum in our favour...we pray!
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