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Psychol Rep. 2001 Jun;88(3 Pt 1):741-2.

Height, societal threat, and the victory margin in presidential elections (1824-1992).

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  • 1Department of Behavioral and Life Sciences, University College of Cape Breton, P.O. Box 5300, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada B1P 6L2. mccann@ns.sympatico.ca

Abstract

Based on the idea that height serves as a heuristic for judgments about status, dominance, and leadership potential, two hypotheses were tested: (1) Heights of U.S. presidential election winners are positively correlated with estimates of social, economic, and political threat in election years. (2) Height and victory margin are positively correlated regardless of the magnitude of estimates of social, economic, and political threat in election years. Both hypotheses were supported for the 43 elections from 1824 to 1992.

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11508013
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.2001.88.3.741
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