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Personality traits linked to political orientation

Post Neon Knight on Tue 5 Jun - 22:11

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886918301466

The main points:

* Gender and Openness are the most important factors

* Women who are better educated, less religious and of higher social class are more Left-Wing

* Open and Agreeable people are more Left-Wing

* Agreeable and Neurotic (emotional) people of high social class are more Left-Wing

* Neurotic (emotional) people of low social class are more Right-Wing

* Introverted and Conscientious people are more Right-Wing.


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This study examined the incremental validity of the Big-Five personality traits over primarily demographic factors in predicting Left-Right political orientation (PO) in a large British adult sample. Gender and trait Openness was most strongly correlated with PO. The regression indicated that females who were better educated, less religious and of higher social class were more Left-Wing. Personality traits doubled the variance accounted for (4% to 9%) indicating that Open, more Agreeable people were more Left-Wing and Introverted, more Conscientious people more Right-Wing. Agreeableness and Neuroticism showed an interaction with social class, such that for high social class, Left-Wing orientation increased with Agreeableness (but not for low social class); and for high social class, Left-Wing orientation increased with Neuroticism, whilst for low social class, Right-Wing orientation increased with Neuroticism.

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Re: Personality traits linked to political orientation

Post Neon Knight on Fri 29 Jun - 12:41

A twist related to this: https://www.psypost.org/2018/05/political-beliefs-likely-rooted-personality-traits-among-see-politics-means-self-expression-51315 Quoting:

. . . “Psychologists and political scientists have argued more and more in recent years that people with different personality traits may be attracted to different political positions,” said the corresponding author of the study, Christopher M. Federico of University of Minnesota.

. . . “So, we thought it might be interesting to see whether people who see their political beliefs as important to their sense of who they are were more likely to ‘choose’ their political beliefs on the basis of personal traits. Individuals who see their political beliefs as more important to their sense of self should hold political beliefs that better reflect aspects of the self — like personality traits.”

. . . “We know from a lot of previous research that individuals who are high in need for closure — in other words, people who want to feel more certain about things — are more likely to have conservative beliefs,” Federico told PsyPost.

“What we show in our study is that this relationship is found mainly among people who see their political beliefs as important to their sense of who they are. Among people who see their political beliefs as important to their identity, need for closure predicts conservatism.”

In other words, the link between need for closure and conservatism mostly existed among those who agreed with statements such as “My political attitudes and beliefs are an important reflection of who I am” and “In general, my political attitudes and beliefs are an important part of my self-image.”

“However, among those who do not see their political beliefs as important to their identity, political beliefs do not seem to reflect personality traits like the need for closure much,” Federico noted.

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