Compassionate Liberals and Polite Conservatives: Associations of Agreeableness With Political Ideology and Moral Values

  title={Compassionate Liberals and Polite Conservatives: Associations of Agreeableness With Political Ideology and Moral Values},
  author={Jacob B. Hirsh and Colin G. DeYoung and Xiaowen Xu and Jordan B. Peterson},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={655 - 664}
Political conservatism has been characterized by resistance to change and acceptance of inequality, with liberalism characterized by the polar opposite of these values. Political attitudes are heritable and may be influenced by basic personality traits. In previous research, conservatism (vs. liberalism) has been associated positively with Conscientiousness and negatively with Openness-Intellect, consistent with the association of conservatism with resistance to change. Less clear, however, are… 

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