August 2007 Poll - Discussion
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.
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