THE brightest children go on to vote Liberal Democrat or Green, according to a survey.

The study by Edinburgh University researchers has found that childhood intelligence is linked to voting preferences and political involvement in adulthood.

The study - which looked at voting patterns in the 2001 general election - found that those with higher IQ ratings were more likely to vote Green in an election.

The survey - including cognitive tests at ages five and ten - was followed up with a study of voting habits at 34.

Those who voted Green had an average IQ of 108.3, with Lib-Dem voters just behind at 108.2. [ed:made a mistake at last election though!]

Conservative and Labour voters were further behind - with scores of 103.7 and 103.0 respectively, while voters for Welsh nationalist Plaid Cymru scored an average of 102.5. Scottish National Party voters had an average IQ of 102.2.
Non-voters were found to have an average IQ of 99.7.

The research showed that British National Party voters had the lowest average intelligence - scoring just 98.4.

 Source: The Scotsman 11/08