Do left-handers tend to be liberal in politics? (i.e. Are Left-handers, left?) .

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  1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
    Billie Kelpinposted 5 years ago

    Do left-handers tend to be liberal in politics? (i.e. Are Left-handers, left?) .

    I'd estimate that 7/8 ths of the left-hander I know are liberal Democrats. Seven of the last 13 left-handed Presidents, starting with FDR were Democrats.  (BTW - Considering that only 10-13% of the population is left-handed that's a HUGE percentage of left-handers who have become Presidents.) That aside, if we look at Congress, I wonder if there are more left-handed Democrats compared to Republicans.  If you're left-handed and don't mind stating your political leanings, it might be fun to see, at least among hubpage writers.

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  2. ChristinS profile image96
    ChristinSposted 5 years ago

    I am not, but my sister is and she is very very liberal in her leanings - almost as far left as one can get. In stark contrast, my father in law is left-handed and about as far right leaning as one can get.  I might also state here though that my sister actively studies political science and is very involved. My FIL listens to fox news and doesn't really study or research politics, he is more "reactive" and she is more studious, she will at least consider other opinions before jumping to conclusions. My FIL will not listen to anything but his own ideology.  I had one left-handed professor who appeared to have some left-leaning ideologies as well and he was equally dogmatic as my FIL - no ability to listen to others opinions or try to find consensus, people who don't agree are just wrong etc.

    So, in my very small experience I would say I don't think being left-handed determines one's political leanings, but perhaps it does effect how "engrained" those beliefs are possibly? I don't know it's interesting to think about, but ultimately probably has no bearing smile

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Christin,  ultimately probably has no bearing (like most of my questions - LAM - is there a "laughing at myself" abbreviation? )  Darn, I was ready to make some great discovery.

  3. Mitch Alan profile image81
    Mitch Alanposted 5 years ago

    I am a left-handed individual with a Constitutional conservative mind set with libertarian leanings. So, in my case, I would have to argue against the Left-Handed/Left-Leaning political connection. I tend to look at things more critically and logically then most of my liberal leaning friends, who seem to initiate emotional responses over fact based solutions. I believe emotion/feelings help us to see some of the problems, but rarely to solve them. Compassion is needed to understand a need and logic is needed to devise a free-market, person-person or community based answer.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      So fine, Mitch. another dis-proof of my goofy assumptions. Drats!  I'm losing 2 to1 here. If I add MY statistics of two closest friends and me being way left and you and Christin's (1-1).we're at 4-2. I DO need to stop this sillyiness n get to WORK!

  4. connorj profile image78
    connorjposted 5 years ago

    Well, although you may indeed summize that if you are not right you are indeed left; thus, liberal. It is indeed true that a greater number of Presidents were indeed left-handed and if we assume 7/13 were Dems in other terms 54% that is not significantly above 50%. Furthermore, these so called Dems like FDR and Kennedy could easily be classified as Conservatives in relation to today's politics...

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      exactly right, Connorj.  And President Obama is also disappointing Progressives leaning much farther right than Progressives would prefer.

    2. connorj profile image78
      connorjposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Billie,
      I thought this was interesting: "The Latin word for "left-handed" is "sinister.”  Since a left-handed person could shake hands and still have their strong hand available to harm the other person, they were thought of as sinister, or danger

    3. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      connorj - so many interesting facts on left-handers.  We tend to have more back pain because of functioning in a rt. handed world, but for some odd reason, I LOVE being left-handed.  I have peeps!

    4. connorj profile image78
      connorjposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Billie,
      You hit hard; my peepless self is crestfallen and I am now trying to be ambidextrous even though I will be "villianfied..."

    5. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Connorj, Well, you can be my hub peep

  5. AEvans profile image78
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    I am left-handed and quite conservative and Independent. I do not lean to the left or the right; but hold steadfast with my political views.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Drats, I'm losing this one!  There goes my assumptions out the window.  Thanks for checking in AEvans

  6. WalterPoon profile image79
    WalterPoonposted 5 years ago

    I'm left-handed and apolitical. Is apolitical left or right?

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Another left-hander!  Yay! Do you know we actually have our own International Holiday?  It's Aug. 13th, International Left-Handers Day.

    2. WalterPoon profile image79
      WalterPoonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Billie... I am not aware of that but I sure would be glad to see a supermarket chain selling mirror-image products, more than anything else, LOL.

    3. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Walter, I bought a left-handed corkscrew at Lefty's in SF.  I LOVE it!  Sometimes, when I have new people over, I ask them to open a bottle of wine and hand them my left-handed corkscrew. It's hilarious and they have a good laugh at themselves.

    4. WalterPoon profile image79
      WalterPoonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Billie Kelpin, you are lucky. I'm living in a third world country, LOL.

    5. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I know so little about the world.  I forget that I might not be respectful on this website. I hope I am

    6. WalterPoon profile image79
      WalterPoonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Billie Kelpin, not at all! It's good to share and thanks for sharing.

  7. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    I am ambidextrous and tend more toward the right in most things.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm losing big time here, Duffsmom, with my assumption.  I love being right, but I think I'm wrong on this one.  You can still celebrate International Left Handers Day with us...  smile  (I'm beginning to want to celebrate SOMETHING with my hub friends!

  8. profile image0
    Motown2Chitownposted 5 years ago

    In my house, we have a liberal and a conservative.  The liberal is right-handed, the conservative is left-handed.  I can't speak for certain as to whether we're the exception to a rule or not.

    smile

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm becoming DEPRESSED!  This is the trend people are reporting.  My 3 liberal left-handed friends and I seem to be in the minority.  Now I have to search for a whole NEW Theory!  Thanks Motown for checking in.  LOVE the hub name:)

  9. Bhawna Dixit profile image60
    Bhawna Dixitposted 5 years ago

    Left handed people are less common than right handed people. So their ratio should always be less in any field. But in politics we require leadership qualities, managerial qualities. you should know how to deal with people. you should be innovative and creative. you should constantly think about new ideas and apply them. Media persons will do everything to provoke you but you have to maintain your cool. I think not just in politics but in any creative field left handed people can do wonders. It has scientific reason. Left part of our body is controlled by right part of our brain. Right part of our body is controlled by left part of our brain. Thus when person is left handed, neurons of his right part of brain works more efficiently. Right part of brain is more for creative tasks unlike left part of brain which is more for logic.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Bhawna, Thank you for your perspective.  When you realize that left-handed people compose merely 10-15 percent of the population, and see their numbers in the entertainment industry and recently as US Presidents, it's says SOMETHING abt. this group!

  10. Kay Larch profile image60
    Kay Larchposted 13 months ago

    I'm left handed and Liberal. My best friend is left handed and Liberal. My neighbor is left handed and Liberal. My sister is lefthanded and Conservative. 3  other friends (not close friends) 1 is financially conservative and socially Liberal and 2 lean more Liberal. A friend of my husband's is left handed and Conservative. Because of these percentages among the people I know, I was assuming the same thing as you. Out of curiosity, I Googled it today and came across your question, so I thought I'd stop and answer it....even though I'm 4 years later than everyone else!

 
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