August 2007 Poll - Discussion

Type and Liberal-Conservative Orientation

As discussed elsewhere on this site , some research suggests a relationship between S-N preferences and self-identified liberal-conservative political orientation. That is, to the extent that conservative orientations involve preferences for sustaining traditional institutions and a cautious approach to change, then a conservative orientation appears to reflect S preferences. To the extent that liberal orientations involve a preference for change and new possibilities, then a liberal orientation appears to reflect N preferences.

We tested statistically for this possible relationship using a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with self-reported liberal-conservative orientations as the dependent variable and type preferences as the independent variables. Results for the APT sample (n = 242) supported the notion that S types report they are more conservative whereas N types report they are more liberal. These results were replicated with the larger set of APT and "notapt" responses (n = 331).







 Results also suggested that T types report they are more conservative whereas F types report they are more liberal. This result, however, was evident only with the APT sample.

Finally, no support was found for a "type dynamics" effect (i.e., no interaction effects were significant). The analysis tested for an effect reflecting the mental functions groups (SN by TF interaction) and the interesting SJ vs NP difference with respect to change vs stability (SN by JP interaction).

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