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Study Suggests Conservative Female Politicians More Feminine Than Liberal Counterparts [POLL]

Michelle Bachmann (left) has changed the 'face' of politics
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This one is sure to stir things up a bit!

According to a new survey conducted by two researchers at UCLA, politically-conservative women in politics are found to be more attractive than liberals.

Researcher Colleen M. Carpinella, a UCLA grad student who helped lead the study, found this: (from World Net Daily and a UCLA website)

“Female politicians with stereotypically feminine facial features are more likely to be Republican than Democrat, and the correlation increases the more conservative the lawmaker’s voting record…

 “The researchers also found the opposite to be true: female politicians with less stereotypically feminine facial features were more likely to be Democrats, and the more liberal their voting record, the greater the distance the politician’s appearance strayed from stereotypical gender norms.”

The survey did not take into account such features as make-up, but more on the masculinity or femininity of the women’s features.

Some in politics call it the “Michelle Bachmann” effect, referring to the GOP representative from Minnesota.   And of course, Sarah Palin doesn’t hurt the GOP ledger either. What are your thoughts? Do you agree with this assessment? Take our poll — after you look at our slide show!


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