To Brexit or Not to Brexit: The Roles of Islamophobia, Conspiracist Beliefs, and Integrated Threat in Voting Intentions for the United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum

Swami, Viren and Barron, David and Weis, Laura and Furnham, Adrian (2017) To Brexit or Not to Brexit: The Roles of Islamophobia, Conspiracist Beliefs, and Integrated Threat in Voting Intentions for the United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum. British Journal of Psychology. ISSN 2044-8295

[img] Text
Accepted Version
Available under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (361kB)
[img] Other (Acceptance)
Other
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (174kB)

Abstract

We used an identities approach to examine voting intentions in the June 2016 United Kingdom (UK) referendum on membership of the European Union (EU). In April 2016, 303 British adults (58.7% women, age M = 34.73) indicated their voting intentions for the referendum and completed measures of identification with the national in-group, perceived threat from Muslim immigrants, belief in Islamophobic conspiracy narratives, Islamophobia, general conspiracist beliefs, ambiguity tolerance, and belief in a clash of civilisations. Path and mediation analyses indicated that greater belief in Islamophobic conspiracy theories mediated the link between Islamophobia and intention to vote to leave. Islamophobia and Islamophobic conspiracist beliefs also mediated the effects of perceived threat from Muslims on voting intentions. Other variables acted as antecedents of perceived threat or Islamophobic conspiracy narratives. These findings highlight the role that identity-based cognitions may have played in shaping voting intentions for the UK EU referendum.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Referendum, Brexit, Integrated threat, Islamophobia, Conspiracy theories
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Viren Swami
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 08:34
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 01:02
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701798

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item