August 2007 Poll - Discussion

 Party and Orientation
Prior to assessing the effects of type on party indentification we looked at the relationship of party identification to political orienation.  Using simple crosstabs, results indicated the expected relationship:  more conservative orientations are related to Republican party identification whereas more liberal orientations are related to Democratic party identification.  The results were significant for both the APT Only group as well as the Total set of responses, and thus provide some construct validity for the data.

Type & Party

We first looked at the relationship between party identification (Republican, Democratic, Independent) and the preference dichotomies (EI, SN, TF, JP).  Results were significant for the Total group as well as the APT Only group with the results for the APT Only group being much clearer (more significant).  Results indicated that poll members with preferences for S, T, and J were more likely to identify as Republican than Democrat.  Results also indicated those with preferences for T and J were more more likely to identify with Independent than Democrat.  The results showing T & J associated with Republican moreso than Democrat seem consistent with CPP's findings.   

Given the relationship between political orientation and party identification, we next looked at the relationship between type, political orientation, and party identification. For this analysis we removed the EI preferences given they were not significant in the first assessment. Results from these analyses also produced significant results for both the APT Only group as well as the Total set of responses.  The significant results in this case, however, were produced by political orientation (Liberal, Moderate, Conservative). None of the type preferences played a significant role. Rather, self-identified Conservatives and Moderates were more likely to identify as Republican and Independent than Democrat.  

These results are similar to results found in a sample of Italian voters using the Five-Factor Model measures as well as a measure of values.  That is, the personality variables were found to relate to political party identification, but not as strongly as the measures of personal values.  Thus, it seems possible that type preferences may influence political orientations which then are more closely associated with party identification.   

Type and Bush's Type
Evaluations of George W. Bush's type suggested that sample members more consistently rated Bush as S than N. However, ratings on E-I, T-F, and J-P were more evenly divided.   

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