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Sharing the same political ideology yet endorsing different values: left- and right-wing political supporters are more heterogeneous than moderates

Hanel, Paul, Zarzeczna, Natalia and Haddock, Geoffrey 2019. Sharing the same political ideology yet endorsing different values: left- and right-wing political supporters are more heterogeneous than moderates. Social Psychological and Personality Science 10 (7) , pp. 874-882. 10.1177/1948550618803348

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Abstract

Members of extreme political groups are usually perceived as more homogeneous than moderates. We investigated whether members of the general public who share the same political ideology would exhibit different levels of heterogeneity in terms of human values across 20 European countries and Israel. We directly compared the variability across moderate, left-, and right-wing groups. Our findings suggest that the values of more extreme (left-wing or right-wing) supporters are usually more heterogeneous than those with more moderate views. We replicated this finding for politics-related variables such as attitudes towards immigrants, and trust in (inter)national institutions. We also found that country-level variables (income, religiosity, and parasite stress level) did not moderate the pattern of value variability. Overall, our results suggest that endorsing the same political ideology is not necessarily associated with sharing the same values, especially in the case of common citizens holding extreme political attitudes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1948-5506
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 23 August 2018
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2019 09:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/114443

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