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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 07, @01:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the and-a-polite-discussion-ensued... dept.

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: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Thursday December 07, @06:37PM (4 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday December 07, @06:37PM (#606931) Journal

    Have you not been paying attention to the march of the headlines these past two months at all?

    Weinstein - Fired and currently being sued
    Matt Lauer - Fired
    Al Franken - Probably resigning today
    Kevin Spacey - Fired
    NPR producers - Fired

    Meanwhile...

    Trump - Crickets...
    Moore - Crickets...

    There is a very clear difference there you are refusing to see.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Phoenix666 on Thursday December 07, @07:04PM (2 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @07:04PM (#606944) Journal

    After decades and decades of condoning it? Hell, Democrats ran the lady who ran the bimbo squad for her husband's presidency for president herself last year. They still defend those POS'es.

    There's no moral high ground there at all. It's simple, "Take the beam out of your own eye" dynamics. It's pure "our" team vs. "their" team.

    The Democrats would have a leg to stand on if they had cleared out the Clinton cronies from the corrupt DNC, called for Hillary and Bill to be prosecuted, and had gone after Conyers and Franken and all the others they've all know about for years on their own instead of being dragged into it, but they didn't. Instead, they doubled down on everything that's wrong there.

    I've actually read headlines on the Huffington Post like, "The case for Hillary in 2020" as recently as last week. That's how clueless the media and the DNC still are.

    --
    Washington DC delenda est.
    • (Score: 3, Touché) by DeathMonkey on Thursday December 07, @07:10PM (1 child)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday December 07, @07:10PM (#606946) Journal

      Child molestation is totally fine because Clinton. Got it.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08, @05:23PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08, @05:23PM (#607277)

        I think the Trump presidency is slowly eroding Phoenix666's mind.

  • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Friday December 08, @02:24AM

    by Reziac (2489) on Friday December 08, @02:24AM (#607069) Homepage

    No, no, Mr.Franken, please don't resign... we LIKE having a discredited and therefore powerless dude warming a (D) chair...