The Politics of Intergroup Attitudes

Brian Nosek, Mahzarin R. Banaji, John T. Jost

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Ideologies that underlie concepts of ethnocentrism, authoritarianism, system justification, social dominance, and morality shape minds in sufficiently deep ways to bring about (a) congruence between implicit and explicit preferences, and (b) a consistently greater preference for socially advantaged groups among political conservatives than liberals on both explicit and implicit measures. Data from large web samples and representative samples from the American National Election Studies (ANES) provide support for these and two additional results: (a) liberals show greater mean dissociation between explicit and implicit attitudes than conservatives, reporting more favorable attitudes toward the underprivileged groups than they demonstrate on implicit measures; and (b) over time, conservatives' racial preferences converge on those of liberals, suggesting that where liberals are today, conservatives will be tomorrow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199869541
ISBN (Print)9780195320916
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Conservatism
  • Elections
  • Ethnocentrism
  • Intergroup
  • Liberalism
  • Morality
  • System justification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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