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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 07, @01:05AM   Printer-friendly
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Recently published in Journal of Social and Political Psychology by Thomas F. Pettigrew seeks to understand the psychological profile of Trump supporters:

The Trump movement is not singular within the United States (the Know Nothing movement in the 1850s, the Wallace movement in the 1960s, and the more recent Tea Party Movement). Moreover, other democracies have seen similar movements (e.g., Austria's Freedom Party, Belgium's Vlaams Blok, France's National Front, Germany's Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), and Britain's U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

In virtually all these cases, the tinder especially involved male nativists and populists who were less educated than the general population. But this core was joined by other types of voters as well. Five highly interrelated characteristics stand out that are central to a social psychological analysis – authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, outgroup prejudice, the absence of intergroup contact and relative deprivation.No one factor describes Trump's supporters. But an array of factors – many of them reflecting five major social psychological phenomena can help to account for this extraordinary political event: authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, prejudice, relative deprivation, and intergroup contact.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @10:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @10:54AM (#606754)

    I noticed that you didn't give an example that followed your model and was successful.

    Another thing that Ralph Nader notes is that thinking that you can easily grab the top spot and that the world will fall in line behind you is just silly.

    It takes LOT AND LOTS of -LOCAL- organizations to get things going.
    That is, precinct-level operations.
    You need a bunch of folks from your party on town councils, on county commissions, in state assemblies, and in Congress before you will ever get traction for your agenda at the national level.

    I mention the "bottom-up" thing a lot here.
    This is very much a case where that applies.

    Having a guy who connects with the masses is a big plus, but it takes organization to move the ball down the field.
    One guy going it alone is gonna get creamed.

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