When ideology matters: Moral conviction and the association between ideology and policy preferences in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 44, Issue 2, pages 117–125, March 2014
How to Cite
Reifen Tagar, M., Morgan, G. S., Halperin, E. and Skitka, L. J. (2014), When ideology matters: Moral conviction and the association between ideology and policy preferences in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 44: 117–125. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1993
- Issue published online: 4 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 21 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 4 FEB 2013
Do people's policy preferences toward outgroups in intractable conflict consistently correspond with political ideology? To what extent are policy-related cleavages between the political right and left in such contexts fueled by moral conviction and emotions? Analyses of a survey of Jewish-Israelis (N = 119) conducted immediately after a war between Israelis and Palestinians revealed little to no ideological differences in acceptance of “collateral damage,” support for retribution, or support for compromise when positions about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict were devoid of moral fervor. Those on the left and right endorsed polarized policy preferences only when their positions about the conflict were held with moral conviction. Presence or absence of guilt about harm to Palestinians mediated the effects of moral conviction on policy preferences in this context. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.