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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 07 2017, @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: 2) by arcz on Friday December 08 2017, @06:33PM

    by arcz (4501) on Friday December 08 2017, @06:33PM (#607330) Journal

    I think that it has more to do with the fact that they care less about his sexual behavior than they care about issues.
    As a Trump over Hillary supporter, I found that Donald Trump's positions (a positive) to be more important than his sexual behavior (a negative).
    Hence, I supported Donald Trump even though I don't personally like the guy, because I supported him on more of the issues. That doesn't mean I don't care about sexual abuse, I do, but I cared about it less than:
    1. Protecting free speech, including workplace speech.
    2. Protecting due process, including in sexual harassment/sexual offense related cases.
    3. Restoring the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    My main reason for supporting Donald Trump was the fact that I don't like the concept of students being expelled from University based on only a preponderance of evidence. I thought that a republican appointed Supreme Court judge would be more likely to overrule that terrible precedent, hence I supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Does anyone really care who the president is after all?

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