This is based on scientific studies. It's based on the fact that people with more fear tend to be more conservative, and people who feel more safe are more liberal. Maybe all of the threats to SS and Medicare are designed to make us more conservative? Is anyone who wants all Americans to be more fearful a cruel person? Why do they think it's okay to manipulate us this way?
Find it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/11/22/at-yale-we-conducted-an-experiment-to-turn-conservatives-into-liberals-the-results-say-a-lot-about-our-political-divisions/?utm_term=.f0849de665c0