Personal values, perceptions of unfairness in social exchange and happiness among young voters and non-voters in Poland



Abstract

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in phenomenon of poor political activity among young adults, manifested in large percentage of non-voters and politically non-engaged individuals. The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between voting behaviour and political preferen- ces of young adults and their hierarchy of basic personal values, global subjec- tive happiness and evaluations of fair and unfair treatment in social exchange. The results of the study indicate firstly, that the most important values were power, conformity and tradition, secondly, that the non-voters evaluated hedonism lower and security higher than the voters and thirdly, that value profiles for five groups of voters differed in preferences of conformity, tradi- tion, security and hedonism. There were no significant differences between voters and non-voters in respect of global subjective happiness and evalu- ations of fair and unfair treatment. However, significant differences in these variables occured between electorates of specified political parties. The fin- dings of the current research provide a psychological characteristic of young adults in terms of basic values, subjective happiness and perception of unfa- irness, allowing also to identify some of the possible indicators of poor poli- tical activity in this group.

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Published : 2013-01-01


Pilch, I., & Baran, L. (2013). Personal values, perceptions of unfairness in social exchange and happiness among young voters and non-voters in Poland. Political Preferences, (4). Retrieved from https://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/PP/article/view/4186

Irena Pilch  pilchirena@gmail.com
Lidia Baran 



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