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The role of implicit attitudes in structuring perceived candidate images in electoral campaigns


Johann, David; Thomas, Kathrin; Smith, Colin T. (2018). The role of implicit attitudes in structuring perceived candidate images in electoral campaigns. Politische Psychologie, 6(1):126-154.

Abstract

This article explores the implicit attitudes toward a particular political party or candidate for the future. We embed our research into two real world contexts: the 2013 Austrian General Election and the 2016 US Presidential Election. The analyzes based on data collected by the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES) and Project Implicit. We investigate (a) whether we observe differences in the perceived candidate images across people with different implicit attitudes; (b) whether we observe similar patterns for all trait characteristics; and (c) how far positive and negative implicit attitudes structure the perceived candidate images. The results reveal that (a) implicit attitudes towards a particular party; (b) we find similar patterns for all trait characteristics, but it appears (c) valence matters - we observe homogenously positive explicit trait ratings when the value of implicit attitudes is positive, but more diverse patterns for those with negative implicit attitudes when looking at the Austrian Case and Clinton. However, the findings are inconsistent when Trump is concerned. but more diverse patterns for those with negative implicit attitudes when looking at the Austrian case and Clinton. However, the findings are inconsistent when Trump is concerned. but more diverse patterns for those with negative implicit attitudes when looking at the Austrian case and Clinton. However, the findings are inconsistent when Trump is concerned.

Abstract

This article explores the implicit attitudes toward a particular political party or candidate for the future. We embed our research into two real world contexts: the 2013 Austrian General Election and the 2016 US Presidential Election. The analyzes based on data collected by the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES) and Project Implicit. We investigate (a) whether we observe differences in the perceived candidate images across people with different implicit attitudes; (b) whether we observe similar patterns for all trait characteristics; and (c) how far positive and negative implicit attitudes structure the perceived candidate images. The results reveal that (a) implicit attitudes towards a particular party; (b) we find similar patterns for all trait characteristics, but it appears (c) valence matters - we observe homogenously positive explicit trait ratings when the value of implicit attitudes is positive, but more diverse patterns for those with negative implicit attitudes when looking at the Austrian Case and Clinton. However, the findings are inconsistent when Trump is concerned. but more diverse patterns for those with negative implicit attitudes when looking at the Austrian case and Clinton. However, the findings are inconsistent when Trump is concerned. but more diverse patterns for those with negative implicit attitudes when looking at the Austrian case and Clinton. However, the findings are inconsistent when Trump is concerned.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:27 July 2018
Deposited On:06 Feb 2019 09:53
Last Modified:21 Oct 2019 09:00
Publisher:Pabst Science Publishers
ISSN:2193-3243
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.psychologie-aktuell.com/journale/politische-psychologie/bisher-erschienen/inhalt-lesen/2018-10.html (Publisher)
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDBSSGI0_155981
  • : Project TitleSocial norms, cooperation and conflict in scientific collaborations

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