Correlation not causation: the relationship between personality traits and political ideologies.

  title={Correlation not causation: the relationship between personality traits and political ideologies.},
  author={Brad Verhulst and Lindon J. Eaves and Peter K. Hatemi},
  journal={American journal of political science},
  volume={56 1},
The assumption in the personality and politics literature is that a person's personality motivates them to develop certain political attitudes later in life. This assumption is founded on the simple correlation between the two constructs and the observation that personality traits are genetically influenced and develop in infancy, whereas political preferences develop later in life. Work in psychology, behavioral genetics, and recently political science, however, has demonstrated that political… CONTINUE READING
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