Proposal for the 2016 Time Series Study: Authoritarianism, Social Dominance, and Generalized Prejudice

In July 2013, scales measuring Right-­‐Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation were included in an ANES study for the first time when a subsample of panelists who had been randomly selected from the 2012 Time Series Study internet sample were re-­‐interviewed. We had initially proposed these ‘short, reliable scales’ (Smith, Hanley & McWilliams, 2011) on the basis of pilot national data indicating that these measures powerfully predict a wide range of attitudes and prejudices. This finding, in turn, amplified and extended findings long reported in many less comprehensive studies. Our original hypothesis was that including Right-­‐Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) and Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) scales would enhance the capacity of the Times Series Study to predict prejudice. That hypothesis is now strongly supported by the evidence from the 2013 study, both for anti-­‐Black prejudices (Smith, Hanley, McWilliams, 2014) and for homophobia (Smith, Hanley, Willson, Alvord, 2015). On this ground, we hope to see the RWA_5 and SDO_4 scales included in future Times Series Studies including the 2016 study.

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