October 2008 Poll - Discussion

The TF-JP Groups and Political Orientations 

The combination of a preference for a particular function of judgement (T or F) and a preference for orientation to the outer world (J or P) produces four groups: TJ, TP, FP, and FJ. In the "type community," the types forming the TJ combination often are labeled the "hard edges" of the type table in comparison to the FP types which often are labeled the "soft center".

The effect of the TJ grouping on political orientations is of particular interest, especially within the context of results reported by Consulting Psychologists Press (discussed here ). Results from the  sample (1998 Manual) used to create and norm the Form M of the MBTI® showed that TJ types were overrepresented amongst those self-identifying as Republican.  Further, F types appear to self-identify more with Democrat. Given the relationship between party identification (Republican, Democratic, Independent) and liberal-conservative orientations, we might expect that the TJ types will report more conservative orientations (as indicated by their Republican affiliation) and those with F preferences to report more liberal orientations. 

 

In general, the effect of the TF-JP groupings on political orientations was statistically significant, although the effect on the measure of Liberal-Conservative Attitudes (Social) was not significant. The primary differences for each dependent variable seem to be:

  • Self (General): The TJ types scored significantly less liberal than the FP and the FJ types.
  • Self (Social):  The TJ types scored significantly less liberal than the FP and the FJ types.
  • Self (Economic): The TJ types scored significantly less liberal than the FP and the FJ types.
  • Attitudes (Social): No significant differences.
  • Attitudes (Economic): The TJ types scored significantly less liberal than the FP and the FJ types. Further, the TP types scored as significantly less liberal than the FJ types.

A general trend across the TF-JP groups also may be of interest.  In general, scores on the social self-perception and social attitudes measures were the most liberal; scores on the economic self-perception and economic attitude measures were more moderate.  Scores on the Liberal-Conservative Self-Perception: General fall in the middle.  

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: TF-JP Groups
       
Liberal-Consevative Measures F-Test   Kruskal_Wallis Test
       
Self: General p = .000*   p = .000
Self: Social p = .001*   p = .003
Self: Economic p = .000*   p = .000
Attitudes: Social p = .213*   p = .408
Attitudes: Economic p = .000*   p = .000
       
*Test assumptions not met      
       

 

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