New Study Suggests Trump Won Election Due To Good Looks
Unless you voted for President Donald Trump, there's probably a good chance you've spent a fair amount of time wondering how he actually won.
In truth, there are a wide array of factors that led to Trump's victory. It was a perfect storm.
It's hard to point to any single reason for why such an inexperienced individual with a tendency to offend people (among other serious issues) won the 2016 election.
But according to a puzzling new study, one reason Trump might have won is because people think he's good-looking.
The study, conducted at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki, found right-leaning politicians are more physically attractive in general.
Meanwhile, in academia, it's the left-leaning scholars who are better-looking than their more conservative counterparts.
Basically, the study seems to suggest conservative politicians, and liberal academics, are hotter.
Beauty, of course, is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has different standards, so the science behind this is a little suspect.
But Professor Jan-Erik Lonnqvist, who was behind the study, found conservative voters, in both the US and elsewhere, put a lot of stock in the appearance of politicians they stand behind.
Physical appearance, according to the study's findings, does not matter as much to left-leaning voters.
This seems to suggest people who voted for Trump did so, at least in part, because of his looks.
Lonnqvist finds this a bit concerning.
"The fact that left-leaning scholars are perceived as better-looking is no cause for alarm," he said, "What is worrying, however, is the high degree of importance attached to looks in political elections."
This is a fair point, given that you'd hope someone would vote for a candidate based on their qualifications and intellect, rather than their physical appearance.
Whether you find Donald Trump attractive or not, research does show physically attractive people earn more money and are generally more successful in life than those with average looks.