Personality & Populism

Note: w+numbers refer to working papers below on this page)

Personality and support for populist parties is related

1. Low agreeable individuals are more likely to vote for populist parties like Die Linke, Tea Party and the Freedom Party (BRS 2015, EJPR).

2. From the general scale of agreeableness, trust is the key sub facet that predicts support for populism (W1).

3. Of voters in general, the more open and the more introvert, are most likely to switch between parties (BKNS 2015, POPS).


Support for populist parties and ideology

1. Ideological, protest and leadership motivations explain populist voting, but are also overlapping explanations (SR 2013, ES).

2. Among first-time PVV voters protest attitudes are stable, whereas ideological position (left-right) and leadership evaluations change dramatically after voting for the PVV (W2).


Working papers

W1. Personality and Support for Populist Parties: Refining the theory (with Bert Bakker, Matthijs Rooduijn, Asbjorn Norgaard and Robert Klemmensen).

W2. Following the leader or following your ideology? The case of Populist Radical Right Voting (with Bert Bakker and Matthijs Rooduijn).