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Personality Traits and the Dimensions of Political Ideology


Alan Gerber


Yale University - Department of Political Science

Gregory Huber


Yale University - Department of Political Science

Shang E. Ha


Brooklyn College - CUNY

Conor Dowling


Yale University

David Doherty


Yale University

March 31, 2009


Abstract:     
We use three large N nationally representative surveys to investigate the relationships between the Five Factor Model personality traits and political ideology. Prior examinations of the relationships between personality traits and political ideology have yielded mixed results. Numerous studies have shown that ideology is associated with the personality traits Openness and Conscientiousness, but the relationships between the other three personality traits (Agreeableness, Extraversion, and Emotional Stability) and ideology are weak and inconsistent across samples. We find that the failure to link these traits to political ideology is an artifact of the coarse measurement of political ideology used in prior work. Once ideology is decomposed into social and economic dimensions there is a strong association between economic attitudes and Agreeableness and Emotional Stability. Our finding that four of the five personality domains are strongly linked to political ideology implies that the role of personality in political attitudes may be substantially stronger and more general than suggested by previous research.

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Keywords: personality, Big Five, ideology, social conservatism, economic conservatism

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Date posted: June 2, 2009  

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Gerber, Alan and Huber, Gregory and Ha, Shang E. and Dowling, Conor and Doherty, David, Personality Traits and the Dimensions of Political Ideology (March 31, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1412863 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1412863

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Alan Gerber (Contact Author)
Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Box 208269
New Haven, DC 06520-8269
United States
203-432-5232 (Phone)
Gregory Huber
Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Box 208269
New Haven, DC 06520-8269
United States
Shang E. Ha
Brooklyn College - CUNY ( email )
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
United States
Conor Dowling
Yale University ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
David Doherty
Yale University ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
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