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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: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @02:20PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @02:20PM (#606793)

    You-fucking-lost-ism, won't-get-over-it-ism, etc.

    You see a lot of this bullshit coming from people who supported HRC in the DNC primary. Instead of voting their conscience, they say things like "I didn't like her but I voted HRC because....". and then look for sophisticated reasons why their candidate (the most hated political personality in the U.S. before the primary) didn't get elected. The way it works is you take responsibility. THEN we move forward. In the mean time shove your sociology-passed-of- as-psychology so you can bill more, straight up your ass.

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  • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:11PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:11PM (#606947)

    But her emails!!!

    You realize you're the one banging that drum? The article is about Trump and how such scum managed to get barely enough votes to win. Clinton is mentioned only a few times in passing, with zero "she should have won wah wah wah". I haven't seen anyone here rally around her either, except to state that Trump lost the popular vote and would have lost entirely if not for some specific events and massive doses of #fakenews.

    It is hilarious that the people who won't let go are the conservatives, you types always bring her back up, you are the masters of whataboutism. #hypocrisy

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08 2017, @06:29AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08 2017, @06:29AM (#607111)

      Minor correction:

      Trump got plenty of votes to win. In fact, he got so many he could, if I remember correctly, he could have lost Florida outright and still won.

      Remember, the Electoral College did the job, not the public. Not directly, anyway.