According to this study, they can handle ambiguity and and conflict better than conservatives.
Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be
more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are
more open to new experiences. The latest study found those traits are
not confined to political situations but also influence everyday
The results show "there are two cognitive styles — a liberal style and
a conservative style," said UCLA neurologist Dr. Marco Iacoboni, who
was not connected to the latest research.
Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times as likely as
conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with
conflicts, and 2.2 times as likely to score in the top half of the
distribution for accuracy.
And just when you are willing to maybe entertain the idea that this study is not politically biased, well..
Sulloway said the results could explain why President Bush demonstrated
a single-minded commitment to the Iraq war and why some people
perceived Sen. John F. Kerry, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat who
opposed Bush in the 2004 presidential race, as a "flip-flopper" for
changing his mind about the conflict.