Friday, June 27, 2008

Heritability of voting   posted by Razib @ 6/27/2008 01:44:00 PM

Genetic Variation in Political Participation:
The decision to vote has puzzled scholars for decades...The results show that a significant proportion of the variation in voting turnout can be accounted for by genes. We also replicate these results with data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and show that they extend to a broad class of acts of political participation. These are the first findings to suggest that humans exhibit genetic variation in their tendency to participate in political activities.

Additive genetic variance ~ 0.50. You can read the whole paper, though I've blogged it elsewhere.