October 2008 Poll - Discussion

Poll Overview - October 2008

Methods

The final round of the Type & Politics Poll was conducted during the last full week of October 2008--the week prior to the 2008 U.S. presidential election. An invitation to participate in the poll was e-mailed to more than 3000 members of the Association for Psychological Type. Students from two U.S. universities--one in the Southeast and one in the Midwest--also were invited to participate, as were members of the MyType group on facebook.com  The poll also was open to any visitor to the website during this time.


Participants

Five hundred and eighty-nine people completed the poll. The majority of these respondents indicated preferences for E (53%), N (77%), F (51%), and P (51%). The average age of respondents was 47 years (s.d. = 16.1) and the majority (59%) were female.

Ninety-three percent of the responses came from U.S. citizens. The political affiliations of those who indicated this information was: 52% Democrat, 25% Independent, and 19% Republican.

With respect to MBTI® experience, 65% indicated they were members (or had been members) of an APT association and 66% indicated they were MBTI® qualified. Ninety-eight percent indicated they were at least moderately confident that their reported type was their best-fit type.

Not all participants provided complete or useable data. Thus the analyses are based on sample sizes ranging from 360-370. (Many of the unuseable responses occurred on the political attitudes measures where respondents replied "Don't know" or "Haven't thought much about it.")

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