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ERIC Number: ED085341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 19
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The Political Attitudes of Canadian University Students: A Comparison Between Athletes and Nonathletes.
Petrie, Brian M.
A variety of reports, both conjectural and scientific, as well as current beliefs of the youth counterculture have identified university athletes as being more politically conservative than nonathletes. The present study evaluated the political attitudes of students of the University of Western Ontario on several dimensions: a) "global conservatism-liberalism" as measured by the McClosky Scale, b) self-assessments of political ideology, c) political activism as measured by the Rehberg Scale of Political Activism, and d) Likert issues related to political ideologies. A questionnaire mailed to selected athletes and nonathletes was the method for data collection. The analysed data indicated that, regardless of measure employed or variable introduced, the athletes and nonathletes were predominantly liberal in their ideologies. These facts applied to "global liberalism" as well as "issue-oriented liberalism" and were interpreted to indicate the following: a) rejection of the American, data-based theoretical propositions regarding the political beliefs of Canadian athletes or b) intrusion of methodological problems such as a social desirability response set. The need for replication of the study was emphasized, particularly in the United States, where more concern has been expressed regarding political ideologies of athletes in comparison with nonathletes in the university setting. (Author/JA)
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Identifiers - Location: Canada