The Associations among Moral Foundations, Political Ideology, and Social Issues: A Study of These Associations in an Asian Sample

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture
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  • 1 Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central UniversityTaoyuan CityTaiwan
  • | 2 Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central UniversityTaoyuan CityTaiwan
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This study examined the relationships among moral foundations, political ideology, and controversial social issues in an Asian culture. The study sample included 835 participants who completed a moral foundations questionnaire and three questions regarding attitudes toward social issues (i.e. nuclear power usage, the death penalty, and euthanasia), and a political ideology questionnaire. Results indicated that binding foundations (i.e. Ingroup, Authority, and Purity) were associated conservative tendencies, and individualizing foundations (i.e. Harm and Fairness) were associated liberal tendencies. Also, participants who scored higher on Authority showed higher approval of the death penalty, and those scored higher on Purity showed lower approval of the euthanasia. These results may provide a better understanding of the underlying differences for variations in opinions on social issues. Results also have implications for cultural differences in the associations among political ideology, social issues, and moral foundations.

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