Political orientations, ideological self-categorizations, party preferences, and moral foundations of young Turkish voters

Onurcan Yılmaz*, S. Adil Sarıbay, Hasan G. Bahçekapılı, Mehmet Harma

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Abstract

Political ideology is often characterized along a liberal–conservative continuum in the United States and the left–right continuum in Europe. However, no study has examined what this characterization means to young Turkish voters or whether it predicts their approach to morality. In Study 1, we investigated in two separate samples the relation between young Turkish participants’ responses to the one-item left-to-right political orientation question and their self-reported political ideologies (conservative, socialist, etc.). In Study 2, we investigated the relation of moral dimensions as defined by Moral Foundations Theory to political party affiliation and political ideology. Results revealed that CHP, MHP, and AKP voters display a typical right-wing profile distinct from HDP voters. Findings regarding political ideology measures were consistent with party affiliations. Taken together, the findings reveal the distinctive nature of young Turkish people’s political orientations while supporting the predictive power of the one-item political orientation question.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-566
Number of pages23
JournalTurkish Studies
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Other keywords

  • left–right distinction
  • Moral Foundations Theory
  • political party preferences
  • Political psychology
  • Turkish politics

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