Ancestral Kinship and the Origins of Ideology

British Journal of Political Science Vol/Iss. Online only Cambridge University Press Published In Pages: 1-21
By Fasching, Neil, Lelkes, Yphtach


More intensive ancestral kinship ties predict more right-wing attitudes on cultural dimensions.


Study 1: All tests and specifications show that individuals whose cultural background has more intensive kinship ties are significantly more likely to harbor more right-wing attitudes towards gay rights and gender attitudes (Specification 1 & 2, about 15% more likely, Specification 3, about 7% more likely). Study 2: The data here also supports this hypothesis (right-wing attitudes are 5-6% more likely, depending on the model).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
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