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Political orientations, ideological self-categorizations, party preferences, and moral foundations of young Turkish voters

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Political ideology is often characterized along a liberal–conservative continuum in the United States and the left–right continuum in Europe. However, no study has examined what this characterization means to young Turkish voters or whether it predicts their approach to morality. In Study 1, we investigated in two separate samples the relation between young Turkish participants’ responses to the one-item left-to-right political orientation question and their self-reported political ideologies (conservative, socialist, etc.). In Study 2, we investigated the relation of moral dimensions as defined by Moral Foundations Theory to political party affiliation and political ideology. Results revealed that CHP, MHP, and AKP voters display a typical right-wing profile distinct from HDP voters. Findings regarding political ideology measures were consistent with party affiliations. Taken together, the findings reveal the distinctive nature of young Turkish people’s political orientations while supporting the predictive power of the one-item political orientation question.
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Keywords: Moral Foundations Theory; Political psychology; Turkish politics; left–right distinction; political party preferences

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, Doğuş University, Istanbul, Turkey 2: Department of Psychology, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey 3: Department of Psychology, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul, Turkey

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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