People with lower cognitive ability are more likely to be homophobic than others, a new study found.
The study by the University of Queensland used data from the 2012 Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia to measure cognitive intelligence and then tied it to the 2015 version of the survey that asked respondents attitude toward LGBTQ rights.
The survey asked participants to agree or disagree with the statement, “Homosexual couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples do.”
Those who answered negatively tended to score lower on the cognitive intelligence abilities – and most pronounced for those with poor verbal ability to express themselves.
“There are well-known correlations between low cognitive ability and support of prejudicial or non-egalitarian attitudes,” the authors conclude. “Individuals with low cognitive ability are less likely to support equal rights for same-sex couples.”
“Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice,” they continued. “Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models.”
The study continues the trend of scientific studies that confirm long-held assumptions within the LGBTQ community.