1.9 Political Orientation

In the figure below, social orientation refers to a person’s stance regarding social policies (e.g., same-sex marriage, immigration, and abortion). Economic orientation refers to a person’s stance on economic policies (e.g., privatized health care, military spending, and welfare). While somewhat related, social and economic orientation are independent constructs. For example, it is entirely possible for a person to be socially conservative (e.g., pro-life) while also being economically liberal (e.g., public health care). Political orientation is more general, and refers to the tendency to identify with a conservative or liberal party.

Furry political orientation

Furries, as a group, define themselves as quite socially liberal (M = 6.03; orange bars).1 This is consistent with the diversity and inclusiveness of the furry fandom when it comes to sexual orientation and on issues of gender identity, and the relatively young composition of the furry fandom. Economically, however, furries are much more moderate (M = 4.93; gray bars.)2 and are significantly more conservative when it comes to economic issues than they are when it comes to social issues. Political orientation fell between economic and social orientation, and is likely a composite of the two (blue bars; M = 5.56).3

Political orientation by fandom

In addition to assessing political orientation, we’ve also assessed global citizenship. Global citizenship is the belief that a person’s ingroup—the group of people they belong to—includes all people. It is reflected in items such as concern for people in other countries and consideration of the broader, global consequences of one’s behavior. Furries, because of their self-professed open and inclusive nature, scored significantly higher than non-furries the global citizenship scale (5.16 vs. 4.98, p = .001).

References

  1. Furry Fiesta 2013 Study
  2. Furry Fiesta 2013 Study
  3. Furry Fiesta 2013 Study, IARP 2014 3-fandom study

2 Comments

  1. AB Satrio

    To the Furscience team, may Iask you whether these questions or the polling has been updated? (i.e. taking polls on other cons and in other years.) It would look good that they’re updated accordingly, considering the current political climate which must’ve affected the current data and so on.

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    • Admin

      The questions have since been revised an updated to capture a fuller political spectrum. There is new data collected as of 2019, but it hasn’t been disseminated widely yet.

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