When likeness goes with liking: The case of political preference

Gian Vittorio Caprara, Michele Vecchione, Claudio Barbaranelli, R. Chris Fraley

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Three studies show that people tend to vote for politicians (i.e., either Romano Prodi or Silvio Berlusconi in Italy or George W. Bush or John Kerry in the United States) whose traits they rate as being most similar to their own. People perceived higher similarity between themselves and political figures with respect to traits that were most distinctive of each platform and their respective leaders. These findings, while corroborating the similarity- attraction relationship, further attest to the role that personal characteristics of both voters and candidates play in orienting political preference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-632
Number of pages24
JournalPolitical Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Big Five
  • Personality
  • Politics
  • Similarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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