Facets of Personality and “Ideological Asymmetries”

Autor(en)
Julian Aichholzer, Daniel Danner, Beatrice Rammstedt
Abstrakt

How do individual personality traits shape political leanings or “ideological asymmetries”? The present study investigates the association between political preferences, global personality domains and specific personality facets. We measured personality domains and facets in a heterogeneous German sample using the 60-item Big Five Inventory-2 and used bi-factor structural equation models to investigate associations with attitudes and party support. Our results demonstrate the unique explanatory power of personality facets. In particular, specific facets of Open-Mindedness and Agreeableness exhibited unique relationships with left-wing/liberal attitudes and party preferences, whereas supporters of (far) right-wing parties could be distinguished in overall Conscientiousness. These findings have important implications for our understanding of how individuals’ basic patterns of thoughts and feelings relate to their ideological leanings.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Staatswissenschaft
Journal
Journal of Research in Personality
Band
77
Seiten
90-100
ISSN
0092-6566
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2018.09.010
Publikationsdatum
2018
Publikationsstatus
Veröffentlicht
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
501004 Differentielle Psychologie, 506012 Politische Systeme
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/facets-of-personality-and-ideological-asymmetries(f3f77b5f-eda3-4837-9f51-af4612d96b3f).html