Wednesday, January 20, 2016

If You Support Trump, You May Be an Authoritarian

If You Support Trump, You May Be an Authoritarian



That Trump would appeal to authoritarians should come as no surprise. His campaign is focused solely on results and seemingly has little interest in legal or moral barriers to the process of getting from point A to point B. So when a piece from Politico over the weekend, written by a Matthew MacWilliams, a political science student studying authoritarianism, with the clickbait headline “The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You Are A Trump Supporter,” started showing up in my social media newsfeeds from friends on both the left and the right, I didn’t bat an eye.



For those who didn’t see the piece, MacWilliams polled 1,800 registered voters and determined that among those Republicans who were supporting Trump over other candidates, there were only two variables they seem have in common. It wasn’t race, wealth, education, or age or typical demographics: It was how strongly authoritarian MacWilliams calculated them to be and how much they feared terrorism.