Department of Political Science

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102347
JournalElectoral Studies
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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    Research areas

  • Disgust sensitivity, Election study, Group ratings, Ideology, Policy attitudes, Vote choice

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