The Psychology Behind Voting for Donald Trump or Joe Biden

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Political science

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RTE Brainstorm, Updated / Friday, 23 Oct 2020 09:40


Do you ever wonder why someone would vote for Donald Trump? Or indeed for any politician? On the face of it, an election looks like a fairly straightforward process. Politicians make proposals about how they plan to run the country and, in response, voters pick their preferred politician (or indeed political party). However, political science tells us that this is not the case and that psychology plays a far more significant role in voting behaviour. Just why and how is this the case?