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Friday, December 22, 2017

The Trump Supporter: Psychology Study Reveals The Five Psycho/Social Whys

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If you are a person with full control of your thought processes, particularly the more rational of your cognitive processes you have to at some time wondered why so many Americans harbor a strong affinity for Donald Trump.  What makes them tick and why would they have developed such a deep affinity for a person who lies much more than he speaks the truth, a person with clear indications of severe narcissism and a person who appears as one who would be king?

Trump has settled out of court on issues involving housing discrimination, outright fraud (Trump University) an I am certain other matters which a buried in his secret world of private business dealings. He has been broadcast on video speaking of what amounts to the physical abuse of women. A 70-year-old Trump broadcasting on the Howard Stern Show agreeing with the 62-year-old Howard Stern it was OK to refer to his 21-year-old daughter as a "piece of ass".  Additionally, there are over 12 women who have come forth with the accusation of Trump's physical abuse.

More recently, we found evidence of Trump's utter contempt for women during his 2016 campaign for the US Presidency.

And, via his stalking of Democrat Party opponent candidate Clinton during a televised debate. Also, notice Trump literally read Clinton's debate notes. One would think the moderator would have intervened as he read his opponents notes.

All said take another moment a review how Trump won in 2016:

The New York Times Exit November 2016 Exit poll 


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Data for 2016 were collected by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, a consortium of ABC News, The Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News. The voter survey is based on questionnaires completed by 24,537 voters leaving 350 voting places throughout the United States on Election Day including 4,398 telephone interviews with early and absentee voters.
Exit Polling told the story of the white woman vote. Despite his utter disregard for common decency regarding women, white women joined white men in electing Trump (along with millions of non-voters who via their choice were defaulted Trump voters). 

From November exit polling to an early December 2017, Pew Research poll and Trump's approval ratings.
The new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 4 among 1,503 adults, finds that President Trump’s job approval rating has declined over the course of his first year in office. 
Currently, 32% of the public approves of the way Trump is handling his job as president, while 63% disapprove. Trump’s job approval is little changed since October (34%), but lower than in early February (39%), a few weeks after Trump’s inauguration. Pew Research Center surveys are based on the general public, rather than registered or likely voters. Trump’s approval rating in the current survey among registered voters is 34%. (For more on the differences in these bases, see “A basic question when reading a poll: Does it include or exclude nonvoters?”).
Despite the obvious erosion of Trump support among his voter base, it is a worthwhile consideration to understand what makes his supporters "tick". Why the support for a person who so seems to only care about himself and his family and who lies more than any past US President? He speaks of record-breaking White House leadership. Well, he certainly has far surpassed the level of lies recorded via his predecessor.

The New York Times

Is it possible so many have no regard for honesty and decency?  Or, is it possible Trump's election is an existential reality of a metastasized GOP Southern Strategy

A University of California study may shed light on certain aspects of that Love Of Trump. We have opted for excerpts with a link back tot he full study report for our deep readers.

Handling Editor: J. Christopher Cohrs, Philipps University Marburg, Marburg, Germany
*Corresponding author at: Department of Psychology, High Street, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
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Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters

Thomas F. Pettigrew

No one factor describes Trump’s supporters. But an array of factors – many of them reflecting five major social psychological phenomena can help to account for this extraordinary political event: authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, prejudice, relative deprivation, and intergroup contact. Research on the topic demonstrates that these theories and concepts of social psychology prove centrally important in helping to understand this unexpected event. This paper describes the supporting data for this statement and demonstrates the close parallels between these American results and those of research on far-right European supporters.
The Tinder
The Trump movement is not singular within the United States (the Know Nothing movement in the 1850s, the Wallace movement in the 1960s, and the more recent Tea Party Movement). Moreover, other democracies have seen similar movements (e.g., Austria’s Freedom Party, Belgium’s Vlaams Blok, France’s National Front, Germany’s Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), and Britain’s U.K. Independence Party (UKIP). In virtually all these cases, the tinder especially involved male nativists and populists who were less educated than the general population. But this core was joined by other types of voters as well. Five highly interrelated characteristics stand out that are central to a social psychological analysis – authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, outgroup prejudice, the absence of intergroup contact and relative deprivation.
Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation (SDO)

Intergroup Contact
Relative Deprivation

While every word of the report is of less interest than key points in each of the five categories, it is important to consider the author's diligence in providing international evidence of the study findings.

The study is a good read. We will leave you with that suggestive point. 

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