I don’t find these exercises in psychologizing political viewpoints very illuminating, due to (1) their irrelevance to the truth of the positions and (2) the massive number of confounding factors. However, I was interested in this curious datum from conservative and liberal responses to being asked to write essays in favor of their political opponents:
In fact, some conservatives sounded rather miffed after taking the study, leaving comments like: “Not for all the tea in China would I write that.” In contrast, note the study authors, some liberals seemed to revel in the assignment. “This was fun!”, as one put it.
You don’t hear the phrase very often these days; but I’d just like to note that I would write pretty much anything for all the tea in China (and the more pesticides, the better).