Accession Number:

AD0685991

Title:

A SURVEY OF THE IDEALIZED SELF IMAGES OF VOTERS AS MEASURED BY A PROJECTIVE TECHNIQUE,

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Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY COLL LONDON (ENGLAND)

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Report Date:

1965-12-21

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

A projective technique based on a set of photographs is described as used to measure the idealized self images of four groups of male voters Conservative and Labour, each subdivided into working- and middle-class groups. Actual voting behaviour serves as an external validating criterion. Besides meeting this criterion, the technique is shown to be reliable, objective, flexible, and convenient to administer under survey conditions. Of the eight personality dimensions explored relative to the self images, four fail to reveal any differences between the groups. Nearly everyone would like to see themselves as determined and confident, intelligent, independent, and to a lesser extent as other than quick tempered. The following differences did emerge Middle-class Labour supporters prefer to see themselves as less ambitious and enterprising, more generous and sympathetic, and more idealistic than the other three groups, while middle-class Conservatives are inclined to see themselves as less generous and sympathetic, less idealistic and more anxious and cautious than the other three groups. None of the dimensions investigated helps to distinguish between the two working-class groups, although there is some evidence that the working-class Conservative suffers from the conflict between his class and party affiliations and is somewhat ambivalent on this account. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE