Donald Trump still questions the fairness of his lost election. Other populist leaders seem to be sore losers as well, giving the impression that populists in general are sore losers. But does this also apply to populist citizens?
In a recently published study, REDRESS researcher Kristof Jacobs investigated this together with Hannah Werner in the context of a real referendum, namely, the 2018 Dutch referendum on the Intelligence and Security Services Act 2017. And guess what? Populist citizens are relatively more likely to accept the outcome of a referendum than non-populists, even when this outcome is unfavourable. If you want to know why, read more in a recent blog (in Dutch), the full article in the British Journal of Political Science, or watch the summary in the video below!