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Summary: Psychological assessments of U.S. presidents and presidential candidates, world leaders, and rogue or terrorist leaders conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.

Summary: The atypical political environment in which the 2020 U.S. presidential election is being conducted (e.g., global pandemic, mail-in ballots) violates the assumptions of the Personal Electability Index (PEI), meaning that it cannot reliably project the winner of the presidential election.

Summary: Psychological analysis of U.S. vice president Mike Pence indicates that Vice President Pence’s primary personality pattern is Conscientious/dutiful, complemented by secondary Dominant/asserting, Ambitious/confident, and Accommodating/cooperative features and a minor Outgoing/congenial tendency. In summary, Pence’s personality composite can be characterized as a “conscientious deliberator.”

Summary: Sen. Kamala Harris’s primary personality patterns are Dominant/asserting, complemented by secondary Ambitious/confident and Outgoing/congenial patterns.

Summary: Personality analysis reveals Joe Biden is Outgoing/ gregarious, complemented by a secondary Accommodating/cooperative pattern and subsidiary Ambitious/confident features.

Summary: The Personal Electability Index (PEI) rates Joe Biden as more competitive than Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and in a general election matchup against Donald Trump.

Summary: Sen. Mitt Romney’s personality profile offers a glimpse into his underlying motives for voting to convict President Donald Trump on the impeachment article of abuse of power on Feb. 5, 2020. Specifically, Romney’s primary personality pattern — conscientiousness — induces him to be extraordinarily scrupulous in matters of morality and ethics, intolerant of deviance, and judgmental of those who do not uphold conventional rules and standards or follow the letter of the law.

Feb 4th, 2020

Summary: A vote-reporting debacle has delayed results in the 2020 Iowa caucuses. In the absence of results in the hours after the caucuses, Google Analytics offers a hint of public interest in Democratic presidential contenders.

Summary: Amid stalled diplomacy, North Korea’s foreign ministry issued a veiled threat that it was preparing a surprise “Christmas gift” for the United States. How should the U.S. respond?

Summary: Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., director of the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, projects Donald Trump will win the 2020 U.S. presidential election, employing the Personal Electability Index (PEI), which has accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996 before Super Tuesday.