'Sexually modern nativist voters': Do they exist and do they vote for the populist radical right?
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SourceGender and Education, 29, 2, (2017), pp. 216-237
Article / Letter to editor
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Politicologie t/m 2019
Gender and Education
SubjectInstitute for Management Research; Inequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
Populist radical right (PRR) parties have attracted anti-migration voters by claiming to serve the interests of nationally defined in-groups. Recently, several European PRR parties have shifted focus from protecting traditional values to protecting so-called modern Western values, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Here, we study whether PRR parties managed to attract voters who hold these modern values. In contrast with previous research, we do not position these voters with 'modern values' as necessary opponents of nativist voters. European Social Survey data linked to 29 elections demonstrate that the likelihood to vote for PRR parties is somewhat lower among lesbian and gay rights people, but not for those who have strong anti-migration attitudes. However, this effect differs across countries and in some cases, the 'sexually modern nativists' have the highest PRR voting likelihoods. This is not directly related to the parties’ position on modern family values, but to the party system and alternative right-wing parties present.
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