October 2008 Poll - Discussion

The 16 Types & Political Orientations

The chart below shows the average (mean) scores for each of the 16 types on each of the five scores of political orientations. 

In general, the effect of the 16 whole types was significant on all of the political orientation measures except for the measure of social attitudes. The primary differences for each dependent variable seem to be:

  • Self (General): ISTJs scored as significantly less liberal than the INFJs, INFPs,  and ENFPs.
  • Self (Social): The ISTJs scored significantly less liberal than the INFJs.
  • Self (Economic):  The ISTJs scored significantly less liberal than the INFJs.
  • Attitudes (Economic):  The INTJs scored significantly less liberal than the INFJs.

Almost all of the types, on average, reported a more liberal orientation on all five of the measures of liberal-conservative political orientations.

On average, all types reported a more "moderate" orientiation in terms of liberal-conservative economic self-perceptions. Self-perceptions and attitudes related to social issues are more liberal across the types.

(Note: the SP sample sizes are fairly small, and thus the results for these types should be interpreted with caution).

Note: Higher scores indicate more Conservative responses.  Scores above 5.0 indicate Conservative orientations and scores below 5.0 indicate Liberal orientations.  Results for the analysis can be found here (ANOVA) and here (Kruskal_Wallis) . (Note: Higher scores in the ANOVA printout indicate more Conservative responses, except for the Liberal-Conservative Attitudes-Economic where higher scores indicate more Liberal responses.)


Summary of Significance Tests: 16 Types
Liberal-Consevative Measures F-Test   Kruskal_Wallis Test
Self: General p = .000*   p = .000
Self: Social p = .000*   p = .004
Self: Economic p = .001   p = .002
Attitudes: Social p = .046*   p = .250
Attitudes: Economic p = .001   p = .001
*Test assumptions not met      


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