New research from Brunel University London indicates that men who are physically stronger favor social and economic equality less than weaker men.
The study tested 171 men using various sociopolitical models. The study opens the abstract with,
“Social bargaining models predict that men should calibrate their egalitarian attitudes to their formidability and/or attractiveness. A simple social bargaining model predicts a direct negative association between formidability/attractiveness and egalitarianism, whereas a more complex model predicts an association moderated by wealth.”
In essence Dr. Michael Price with peers collected information on the physical attributes of subjects. These attributes included height, weight, arm and chest strength, waist size, muscle circumference, and hand grip.
Secondarily they also accessed exercise habits(how often they workout), economic standing, and sociopolitical leanings. Specifically for example, they recorded whether subjects support concepts like the redistribution of wealth.
Finally the study focused on physical traits of “perceived dominance” via facial appearance. The subject’t faces were independently rated by focus groups in terms of the groups perception of dominance and attractive features.
The results were very telling. They concluded that there is in fact a strong correlation between those with higher bodily formidability and the belief that some social groups should dominate others. These men were also less likely to support concepts like the redistribution of wealth.
However the study also concluded that contrary to their predictions, the data indicated no significant correlation between being perceived as attractive(in the waist-to-chest ratio and facial features) and the support of redistribution principles.
The study did note that men who are more muscular tended to be less egalitarian. Breaking the data down even further revealed that the amount of time in the gym was linked to having decreasing less egalitarian socioeconomic beliefs.