Broadening the individual differences lens on party support and voting behavior: Cynicism and prejudice as relevant attitudes referring to modern-day political alignments

Van Assche, Jasper, Van Hiel, Alain, Dhont, Kristof, Roets, Arne (2019) Broadening the individual differences lens on party support and voting behavior: Cynicism and prejudice as relevant attitudes referring to modern-day political alignments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (1). pp. 190-199. ISSN 0046-2772. E-ISSN 1099-0992. (doi:10.1002/ejsp.2377)

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Abstract

Social-cultural and economic-hierarchical ideological attitudes have long been used to explain variation in political partisanship. We propose two additional, stable attitudes (political cynicism and ethnic prejudice) that may help explaining contemporary political alignments. In a Belgian (N = 509) and Dutch sample (N = 628), we showed that party support can be segmented into four broad families: left, libertarian, traditionalist, and far-right parties. Both studies revealed that social-cultural and economic-hierarchical right-wing attitudes were negatively related to left party support and positively to libertarian, traditionalist and far-right support. Importantly, additional variance was consistently explained by political cynicism (lower libertarian and traditionalist support), ethnic prejudice (lower left support), or both (higher far-right support). Study 2 additionally demonstrated these patterns for self-reported voting.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ejsp.2377
Uncontrolled keywords: authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, political cynicism, ethnic prejudice, party support, voting
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 22:33 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66373 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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