Welcome back to the SACS blog for 2016. Above is a picture of Jerry Hall, an ambassador for climate action, as you can see from her tee shirt. A 2009 quote from her on the topic, “All the experts say governments need to act now if we’re going to have any chance of saving our children from catastrophe.”
Her new groom in 2014 was quoted as saying that climate change should be treated with “much scepticism” and “We shouldn’t be building windmills and all that rubbish.” He also posted a tweet as he was flying over the North Atlantic which said, “Just flying over N Atlantic 300 miles of ice. Global warming!” Incidentally, I notice that he doesn’t have to wait to land before he sends his tweets!
Now I’m sure that we wish the happy couple all the best and no doubt they will be a great success, but it brought to mind one of my favourite areas of science. Assortative mating – which touches on genetics, psychology, neurology, and a range of other disciplines – asks the question of what causes people to get together – just as Jerry and Rupert have.
It turns out that one of the best predictors of success in relationships is similar political views (e.g. Alford et al, 2011.) Correlations in political views of successful married couples (those who stay together and are happy) have been reported to be as high as 0.9, with correlations of 0.7 and above being very commonly found in a range of studies around the world. So, it seems that similar political views are one of the most crucial drivers of cosy relationships when you take thousands of couples into account. On the other hand Jerry has also said that she is not strongly opinionated about politics, so maybe that will smooth things over at the dinner table.
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Alford, John R., Peter K. Hatemi, John R. Hibbing, Nicholas
- Martin, and Lindon J. Eaves. 2011. “The Politics of Mate
Choice.” Journal of Politics 73(2): 362–79.