Discussion As we predicted, Study 2 showed that perceiver political ideology moderates the relationship between perceptions of target party affiliation and trait ascriptions. We predicted that participants would rate Republican faces as more likeable and trustworthy to the extent that they report more conservative attitudes. All of the images were grayscale and standardized to be of equal face height while maintaining the aspect ratio of the face. Rather, these participants were expected to see Republican faces as more likeable and trustworthy—thereby showing evidence of ingroup favoritism . But the survey also uncovered some other interesting sexual-political tidbits. In Study 1b, we replicate this relationship with a larger sample and a stimulus set consisting of faces of professional politicians. Such phenomena play out in the political domain as well. All of the photos were digitally scanned from the portrait section of the students' senior yearbooks. Media Coverage Abstract Previous research has shown that perceivers can accurately extract information about perceptually ambiguous group memberships from facial information alone. As we were primarily interested in the relationship between participants' political beliefs and their perceptions of the targets according to political party, we conducted the analyses with the participants as the unit of analysis. Discussion As predicted, participants in both Studies 1a and 1b showed above-chance accuracy in categorizing target faces according to political party affiliation. We then calculated point-biserial correlations between the targets' actual party membership and the participants' ratings of their likeability and trustworthiness, respectively, while controlling for the degree to which each target looked Republican. For example, Berggren, Jordahl, and Poutvaara  found that conservative politicians in Finland were more attractive than candidates on the political left. Similarly, the relationship between participants' conservatism and the degree to which they viewed Republicans as more likeable than Democrats was also reduced in size and yielded a correlation that was only marginally significant after controlling for the extent to which each target looked Republican: In Study 2, we find that trait ascriptions based on target political affiliation are moderated by perceiver political ideology. Beauty and electoral success. This may be the case especially when groups are perceptually ambiguous.