The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker
July 26, 2015
A psychological analysis of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker — a contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election — by Joe Trenzeluk and Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, revealed that Walker’s predominant personality pattern is Conscientious / dutiful and Dominant / controlling, with secondary Ambitious / confident features. In summary, Walker’s personality composite can be characterized as aconscientious enforcer.
Summary of the major findings of the study:
What Does Personality Analysis Say About Walker? (Joe Trenzeluk, St. Cloud Times, Jul. 26, 2015) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker earlier this month formally threw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election. It came as no surprise that Walker entered the race; he had been signaling his intent for months and recent polls have consistently ranked him in the top tier of the crowded Republican field. … Full report
Joe Trenzeluk presents his summer research on the political personality of presidential candidate Scott Walker at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn, Aug. 5, 2015. (Photo: Pam Bacon)
Note: Personal Electability Index (political impact) score
Scott Walker scores relatively low on the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria-based Personal Electability Index, which has accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996.
Following are the PEI calculations for Scott Walker:
Scott Walker: PEI = 8
Scale: 1A = 10; 2 = 5; 3 = 2; 6 = 12; 8 = 1
[Extraversion (scale 3) = 2] + [Narcissism (scale 2) = 5] + [Dominance (scale 1A) = 10] – [Introversion (scale 8) = 1] – [Conscientiousness (scale 6) = (12 – 4) = 8] = 17 – 9 = 8