This paper employs the conceptual framework of Theodore Millon to examine and compare the political personalities of President Bill Clinton and Senator Bob Dole. Information pertaining to President Clinton and Senator Dole was gathered from published material and employed to generate a personality profile using the Millon-Type Political Personality Checklist (MPPC).
The assessment revealed that President Clinton’s primarily personality patterns were Asserting/self-promoting and Outgoing/gregarious, with secondary features of the Complaining/discontented, Controlling/forceful, and Agreeing/cooperative patterns. Senator Dole’s primarily personality patterns were Controlling/aggressive and Conforming/regimented, with secondary features of the Asserting/self-promoting and Complaining/negativistic patterns.
The personality profiles yielded by the MPPC are analyzed on the basis of interpretive guidelines provided in the Millon Index of Personality Styles Manual. The profiles of President Clinton and Senator Dole are compared and the political implications of the two candidates’ personalities are examined with reference to their likely performance as president.
Copyright © 1996 by Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics / Aubrey Immelman
Immelman, A. (1996, July). A comparison of the political personalities of 1996 U.S. presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Vancouver, BC, June 30–July 3, 1996. Retrieved from Digital Commons website: http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/psychology_pubs/39/