ScienceDaily is running a press release featuring the insights of New Hampshire University psychologist John Mayer who details the personality traits that incline voters in either liberal or conservative directions:
- View social inequities and preferred groups as unjust and requiring reform.
- Prefer atheists, tattoos, foreign films and poetry.
- Endorse gay unions, welfare, universal health care, feminism and environmentalism.
- Exhibit creativity, which entails the capacity to see solutions to problems, and empathy toward others.
- Tolerate complexity and ambiguity.
- Are influenced by their work as judges, social workers, professors and other careers for which an appreciation of opposing points of view is required.
- Willing to defend current social inequities and preferred groups as justifiable or necessary.
- Prefer prayer, religious people and SUVs.
- Endorse the U.S. government, the military, the state they live in, big corporations and most Americans.
- Are more likely to be a first-born, who identify more with their parents, predisposing them to a greater investment in authority and a preference for conservatism.
- Have a fear of death, reflecting an enhanced need for security.
- Are conscientious – the ability to exert personal self-control to the effect of meeting one's own and others' demands, and maintaining personal coherence.
- Need simplicity, clarity and certainty.
So are you an empathetic and creative Obama voter or a fearful and simplicity-craving McCain supporter? Or do some psychologists have a certain unacknowledged preference for simplicity and clarity when it comes to politics?
Some of my other reporting on pathologizing conversatives here.