The Relationship between Personality and Political Ideology in 28 Countries Around the World

Posted: 16 Jun 2015

Date Written: July 3, 2015

Abstract

This paper presents the first assessment of how the five-factor model of personality and political ideology are associated across the world. Personality traits become more and more important in the study of political behavior. And the relationship with ideology virtually parallels the history of this line of research. Yet, existing studies are limited to single countries and mostly draw on non-random or non-representative samples. Our study, in contrasts, makes use of recent data of two survey projects (WVS 2010-2015 and ISSP 2005) and analyzes the relationship comparatively in 28 distinct countries from all continents. Results corroborate the most prominent findings about personality and ideology. However, effects of personality traits cannot be generalized easily across the world as effects vary considerably from country to country.

Keywords: Personality, Political ideology, Five-factor model, Big Five, Cross-national comparison

Suggested Citation

Fatke, Matthias, The Relationship between Personality and Political Ideology in 28 Countries Around the World (July 3, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2618506 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2618506

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