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Front Psychol. 2013 Mar 7;4:67. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00067. eCollection 2013.

Envy, politics, and age.

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Department of Psychology, University of California San Diego, CA, USA.

Abstract

In the last 5 years, the phrase "politics of envy" has appeared more than 621 times in English-language newspapers, generally in opinion essays contending that political liberalism reflects and exploits feelings of envy. Oddly, this assertion has not been tested empirically. We did so with a large adult sample (n = 357). Participants completed a Dispositional Envy Scale and questions about political ideology, socioeconomic status, and age. Envy and age were moderately correlated; younger people reported greater envy. Political ideology and envy were weakly correlated; however, this relationship was not significant when controlling for age.

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age; attitudes; emotion; emotion regulation; envy; ideology; political psychology

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