Conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals

Cognition and Emotion 23 (4):714-725 (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The uniquely human emotion of disgust is intimately connected to morality in many, perhaps all, cultures. We report two studies suggesting that a predisposition to feel disgust is associated with more conservative political attitudes, especially for issues related to the moral dimension of purity. In the first study, we document a positive correlation between disgust sensitivity and self-reported conservatism in a broad sample of US adults. In Study 2 we show that while disgust sensitivity is associated with more conservative attitudes on a range of political issues, this relationship is strongest for purity-related issues—specifically, abortion and gay marriage



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,354

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Disgust Sensitivity, Political Conservatism, and Voting.Yoel Inbar, David Pizarro, Ravi Iyer & Jonathan Haidt - 2012 - Social Psychological and Personality Science 3 (5):537-544.
Disgust and fear in response to spiders.Laura L. Vernon & Howard Berenbaum - 2002 - Cognition and Emotion 16 (6):809-830.


Added to PP

105 (#165,883)

6 months
30 (#127,704)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

David Pizarro
Cornell University
Paul Bloom
University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Citations of this work

Moral Reasoning and Emotion.Joshua May & Victor Kumar - 2018 - In Aaron Zimmerman, Karen Jones & Mark Timmons (eds.), Routledge Handbook on Moral Epistemology. New York: Routledge. pp. 139-156.
The Good and the Gross.Alexandra Plakias - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (2):261-278.

View all 62 citations / Add more citations