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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: August 2020

3 - Trait-Based Anger and Governmental Distrust

Summary

This chapter examines the relationship between trait-based (personality) anger and trust in government. I utilize the NEO-PI-R measure of anger, derived from clinical psychology, to show that individuals whose personality predisposes them to be angry are more distrustful of the national government across multiple metrics. I also show that the relationship between trait-based anger and trust in government is moderated by an individual’s partisan affiliation.

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