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

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  • Patrick Fournier, Université de Montréal
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  • Michael Bang Petersen
  • Stuart Soroka, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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.

TidsskriftElectoral Studies
Antal sider13
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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