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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 Azuma Hazuki on Thursday December 07 2017, @05:33AM (3 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07 2017, @05:33AM (#606661) Journal

    It tells me that as utter shit as she is, she still won the popular vote. What does that tell you about HIM? What, for that matter, does it tell you about the way American electoral politics work?

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @09:02AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @09:02AM (#606720)

    That the majority (of the 58% of the population who voted) can't easily gang up and vote themselves absolute power over everyone else. So our system of government is still working exactly as designed. Maybe you should take a world history course to learn the background as to why our system is designed the way it is.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:04PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:04PM (#606943)

      Eeesh, "vote themselves absolute power". Hmm, you should be banned from all future conversations on US politics since you clearly have a tenuous grasp on reality.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @10:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @10:52PM (#607027)

    What does that tell you about... ?

    It tells me that The Commission on Presidential Debates is an anti-competitive criminal syndicate wholly-owned by The Reds and The Blues.

    Had more than 2 voices been allowed in the "presidential debates", a lot more folks would have voted for Jill Stein and her Green New Deal.

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    It also tells me that Lamestream Media is a waste of time when it comes to actual issues.
    ...not only because of what they get completely wrong but, more significantly, what/who they never mention.

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