according to the latest estimates published by the BBC Trust. Does this reflect why the BBC news is pro-Tory? Do people become more conservative as they age and/or become more wealthy?
It appears so. Rightwing political
parties’ best chance of rapidly winning over voters could be via the
lottery. A joint Australian and British study
has found that lottery winners tend to switch their political
allegiances to rightwing parties after their windfalls. They also appear
to become less egalitarian and less concerned by the challenges faced
by people on low incomes.
Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee,
a report co-author at the University of Melbourne, told Guardian
Australia that the researchers were studying whether political
ideologies are driven by deeply held ethical views or self-interest.
“The amount won in the lottery is completely randomised but we saw
that the more you win, the more right-leaning you become,” he said. “You
are more likely to favour rightwing ideas, such as lower taxation, and
are less favourable to redistributive policies.
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