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Ethics Versus Success? The Acceptance of Unethical Leadership in the 2016 US Presidential Elections

Morais, Caterina, Abrams, Dominic, Randsley de Moura, Georgina (2020) Ethics Versus Success? The Acceptance of Unethical Leadership in the 2016 US Presidential Elections. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 . E-ISSN 1664-1078. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.03089) (KAR id:80038)

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Abstract

Before and after the 2016 US Presidential Election, this research examined Trump and Clinton supporters’ attributions about behavior of each leader, both of whose ethicality had been publicly questioned. American voters (N = 268) attributed significantly more dispositional factors to the outgroup leader than to the ingroup leader. Moreover, when the ingroup candidate won the election (i.e., among Trump supporters), unethical leadership subsequently became more acceptable and there was less desire to tighten the election process when dealing with unethical candidates. The opposite pattern was found among voters whose ingroup candidate lost the election (Clinton supporters). The results and implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.03089
Uncontrolled keywords: unethical, leadership, causal attribution, group processes, election
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 > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Georgina Randsley de Moura
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2020 09:50 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 10:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80038 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrams, Dominic: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-4572
Randsley de Moura, Georgina: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6285-6128
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