The politics of intent: political ideology influences organ donation intentions

Eugene Y. Chan

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The low supply of organs is a global concern. It is crucial to recognize the barriers, whether cognitive or emotional, that influence individuals' willingness to sign up onto organ donation registries. In the current investigation, we hypothesize that a politically-conservative ideology reduces people's organ donation intentions. This is likely since individuals with a conservative ideology care more about the integrity of the human body, are more disgusted by the very act of organ donations, and believe that signing onto such registries would be tempting fate. We test and confirm this possibility in a study with 148 Australians. The findings indicate that political ideology can be a predictor of individuals' likelihood of becoming organ donors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Bodily integrity
  • Disgust
  • Organ donation intentions
  • Political ideology
  • Tempting fate

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