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UCLA study says a woman's facial features can hint at her political slant

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Supporters cheer for U.S. President Barack Obama as he addresses a campaign event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center September 9, 2012 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Working with the momentum from this week's Democratic National Convention, Obama is on a two-day campaign swing from one side of Florida to the other on the politically important I-4 corridor. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Most people will, of course, be paying attention to the substance of the upcoming debates, but there are a few out there who might also be looking for style.

Appearance can matter — just think of the famous televised debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Looks also might help voters determine if a candidate is a Republican or a Democrat.

Especially when it comes to women, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA. The study found that women who have traditionally feminine features tend to be Republicans; The more feminine the face, the more conservative the politics.

Women with less feminine features lean more to the left.


Kerri Johnson, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Communications at UCLA and author of the study

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