What I Like About You: Legislator Personality and Legislator Approval

Forthcoming, Political Behavior

39 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2016 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018

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Jonathan Klingler

Vanderbilt University

Gary Hollibaugh

University of Notre Dame - Department of Political Science

Adam Ramey

New York University Abu Dhabi

Date Written: April 11, 2018

Abstract

Recent work in the study of legislative politics has applied the Five Factor Model of personality traits to investigate a wide variety of phenomena in the United States Congress. Findings from this literature raise questions about the Big Five personality traits and political representation, specifically, whether voters are more likely to support legislators with similar personality traits to their own, or legislators with valence personality traits, regardless of congruence. Using data from the 2014 CCES, we predict voters' job approval of federal legislators using measures of personality congruence and personality valence. We find strong and consistent support in favor of personality valence over personality congruence as a determinant of job approval.

Keywords: elite personality, big five, legislator approval, representation

JEL Classification: D7, D70, D71, D72

Suggested Citation

Klingler, Jonathan and Hollibaugh, Gary and Ramey, Adam, What I Like About You: Legislator Personality and Legislator Approval (April 11, 2018). Forthcoming, Political Behavior. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2814391 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2814391

Jonathan Klingler

Vanderbilt University ( email )

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Gary Hollibaugh (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Department of Political Science ( email )

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United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.garyhollibaugh.com

Adam Ramey

New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

PO Box 129188
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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