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The Relationship between the Brexit Vote and Individual Predictors of Prejudice: Collective Narcissism, Right Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Guerra, Rita and Simao, Claudia. 2017. The Relationship between the Brexit Vote and Individual Predictors of Prejudice: Collective Narcissism, Right Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, ISSN 1664-1078 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The Leave campaign in the U.K., which advocated exiting the European Union, emphasized anxiety over immigration and the need to take control of the U.K.'s borders. Citizens who expressed concerns about immigration to the U.K. were more likely to vote to leave. Two correlational studies examined the previously unexplored question of whether the Brexit vote and support for the outcome of the E.U. referendum were linked to individual predictors of prejudice toward foreigners: British collective narcissism (a belief in national greatness), right wing authoritarianism, and social dominance orientation. The results converged to indicate that all three variables were independently related to the perceived threat of immigrants and, via this variable, to the Brexit vote and a support for the outcome of the E.U. referendum. These variables explained the variance in the perceived threat of immigrants and support for the Brexit vote over and above other previously examined predictors such as age, education, or ethnicity, as well as, national identification and national attachment.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02023

Additional Information:

This work was supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia with grant awarded to the first and second authors (PTDC/MHC-PSO/0144/2014).

Keywords:

Brexit vote, immigration threat, collective narcissism, right wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
27 November 2017Published

Item ID:

22502

Date Deposited:

04 Dec 2017 10:37

Last Modified:

04 Dec 2017 10:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22502

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