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Just like other male animals, men have used their physical strength to achieve status, while throughout evolution, women have developed other strategies that take their lower physical strength into account.
"For that reason, the fact that the correlation is not found in women is an important result in itself," says Petersen.
Men with large upper-bodies have a tendency to favour inequality in society and a limited redistribution of resources.
This is the conclusion drawn by Professor Michael Bang Petersen and Associate Professor Lasse Laustsen from the Department of Political Science in a study published in the journal, "The results challenge the belief that our political views are formed by logic and reason alone.
Attitudes and physical strength -- what affects what?
The researchers cannot say with absolute certainty that the effect is purely one-way -- from physical strength to political attitude. "We cannot rule out that men with right-wing attitudes are also more prone to go to the gym.
"It's important knowledge if we wish to understand how our political attitudes are formed. Our intuitions are adapted to a different environment than the one we live in today.
But it's an irrational way of dealing with modern day political resource conflicts.
Today, physical strength is highly unlikely to affect how big a share of society's resources you are able to acquire.
However, our data shows that physical strength nonetheless continues to affect men's political attitudes towards redistribution," says Lasse Laustsen.
According to the researchers, the new results may help explain the paradox of why some men with limited financial resources still favour financial inequality although they would in fact benefit from a greater redistribution of resources.
No link between women's physical strength and attitudes The study involves both men and women, but when it comes to women there is no link between physical strength and political attitudes.