Study 1a tests the hypothesis that liberalism and conservatism would correlate with love for friends and love for family, respectively.
These analyses suggest that political ideology meaningfully affects love of friends, family, and others universally, independent of other related demographic variables.
Table 1 Standardized betas for regressions using political ideology, education, age, and gender Full size table.
Study 1b tests the hypothesis that just as liberalism and conservatism will correspond to valuing the world and valuing the nation, respectively.
This political difference manifests at the level of family versus friends and the nation versus the world.
In other words, this score reflected participants’ moral regard for friends and global humanity relative to family and one’s nation.
This prediction was confirmed, marginally: conservatives relative to liberals slightly preferred the triangle relative to the circle, r (2072) = −0.04, p = 0.054. »