Political Behavior

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 601–624

Personality and Political Discussion

  • Matthew V. Hibbing
  • Melinda Ritchie
  • Mary R. Anderson
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11109-010-9147-4

Cite this article as:
Hibbing, M.V., Ritchie, M. & Anderson, M.R. Polit Behav (2011) 33: 601. doi:10.1007/s11109-010-9147-4

Abstract

Political discussion matters for a wide array of political phenomena such as attitude formation, electoral choice, other forms of participation, levels of political expertise, and tolerance. Thus far, research on the underpinnings of political discussion has focused on political, social, and contextual forces. We expand upon this existing research by examining how individual personality traits influence patterns of political discussion. Drawing on data from two surveys we investigate how personality traits influence the context in which citizens discuss politics, the nature of the relationship between individuals and their discussion partners, and the influence discussion partners have on respondents’ views. We find a number of personality effects and our results highlight the importance of accounting for individual predispositions in the study of political discussion.

Keywords

Personality Big Five Political discussion Social influence 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew V. Hibbing
    • 1
  • Melinda Ritchie
    • 1
  • Mary R. Anderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of IllinoisChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Department of Government and World AffairsUniversity of TampaTampaUSA

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