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The political phenotype of the disgust sensitive: Correlates of a new abbreviated measure of disgust sensitivity

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The fields of political psychology and election studies often live separate lives. One reason has been the difficulty of including long psychological question batteries in the high-quality, representative samples that are the hallmark of election studies. In this study, we examine a novel one-item measure of psychological differences in sensitivity to one particular emotion: disgust. We demonstrate that disgust sensitivity serves as a foundational political difference that colors a very large range of social and political attitudes and behaviors: including ideology, political engagement, reactions towards outgroups, support for government intervention, behavior during a pandemic, and vote choice.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer102347
TidsskriftElectoral Studies
Vol/bind72
Antal sider13
ISSN0261-3794
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2021

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Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Société et Culture . We thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful feedback. Replication material is available in the Harvard Dataverse: https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/YMCHMU .

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