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Personality and political orientation

Furnham, Adrian and Fenton-O'Creevy, Mark (2018). Personality and political orientation. Personality and Individual Differences, 129 pp. 88–91.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0191-8869
Keywords: Political orientation; Personality traits; Demographic variables
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 55294
Depositing User: Mark Fenton-O'Creevy
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 09:41
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 14:53
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