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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 07 2017, @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: 2) by arcz on Friday December 08 2017, @06:25PM

    by arcz (4501) on Friday December 08 2017, @06:25PM (#607322) Journal

    It's more important what a politician will vote for than what he does. A politician impacts a lot more people through his votes than he does interacting with people directly.
    This leads us to the inevitable conclusion: The issues (votes) are more important than the personal integrity of the politician. This is also why corrupt people can continue to remain politicians in general, people don't care about the corruption as long as the politician votes the way they want him/her to.
    In a nutshell, this is why Donald Trump won the election, a person far less "refined" than Hillary Clinton, but more likely to bring the country in the direction that voters want.
    Comments about "pussy" and whatnot didn't have a significant effect on the vote because Donald Trump never said he would support any particular anti-woman legislation, and most "anti-woman" legislation is just egalitarian or indirect impacts.

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