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Worldview defense and self-determination theory explain the return of racial voting: evidence from the 2016 US election

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We use self-determination and world view defense theories to explicate the psychological roots of identitarian voting in recent US, UK, and EU elections. We test our theory using the 2016 US election as a case study, data from a representative sample of nearly half a million Americans, and a measure of racial animus derived from Google search data. We find that worry has a strong and significant positive association with Trump’s vote share, as predicted by worldview defense theory. However, t...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1002/ejsp.2894

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Saïd Business School
Oxford college:
Harris Manchester College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
European Journal of Social Psychology More from this journal
Volume:
53
Issue:
1
Pages:
147-166
Publication date:
2022-11-13
Acceptance date:
2022-07-15
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EISSN:
1099-0992
ISSN:
0046-2772
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1268550
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pubs:1268550
Deposit date:
2022-07-18

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