Right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation differentially predict biased evaluations of media reports

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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Jarret T. Crawford, Psychology Department, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628, USA. E-mail: crawford@tcnj.edu

Abstract

This study tested the dual-process motivational (DPM) model, which posits that right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and social dominance orientation (SDO) differentially predict attitudes toward socially threatening or subordinate groups, respectively. Participants read articles on same-sex relationships and affirmative action and evaluated the article content and the biases of the article authors. The article conclusions (i.e., pro- or anti-same-sex relationships and affirmative action) were varied between subjects. As expected, only RWA predicted evaluations of the same-sex relationships articles and authors, whereas only SDO predicted evaluations of the affirmative action articles and authors. These results extend applications of the dual-process model by demonstrating that RWA and SDO differentially predict evaluations of political information that pertains to socially threatening or subordinate groups, respectively.

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