Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 1983


Reprinted from Micropolitics, Volume 3, Issue 2, 1983, pages 227-251.

NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Michael X. Delli Carpini was affiliated with Rutgers University. Currently January 2008, he is a faculty member of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.


Does job satisfaction - as reported by the jobholder have a bearing on one's political orientations? Findings based upon five sets of political variables suggest that job satisfaction is related to politics, though not always strongly so. Dissatisfied individuals participate less, trust government less, and are more politically alienated than job-satisfied respondents. Job satisfaction cannot be characterized as a surrogate for other job- and personality-related characteristics, but has explanatory power of its own, though this power is affected when controls are introduced to the research design. While job satisfaction has important political implications, none of the relationships examined split satisfied and dissatisfied individuals into opposing majorities. In a relatively alienated, distrustful. and apathetic population, the dissatisfied are somewhat more so. The data base was NORC's General Social Survey Cumulative File 1972-1980.



Date Posted: 11 January 2008

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