The Role of Disgust in Political Attitudes and Behavior
Over the past several years, political scientists and psychologists have placed an increased emphasis on the role of affective and emotion systems within politics. One of the more robust findings in this area is that individual differences in sensitivity to disgust are systematically associated with a variety of political values, beliefs, and attitudes. Generally, those who are more sensitive to disgust are more likely to endorse a socially conservative political ideology. In this talk, I will review a program of research investigating the association between disgust and sociopolitical beliefs, attitudes, and voting behavior. Utilizing a disease avoidance framework, I will provide an evolutionary explanation for the role of disgust in politics. Broad implications for politics will be discussed.