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Table 4. Mediation analyses for RWA, SDO, and Openness to Experience
Dog Evaluations RWA SDO Openness 
Direct Effect B 95% CI B 95% CI B 95% CI 
Pol. ID → Dog 0.04 [-0.20, 0.45] 0.09 [-0.24, 0.32] 0.10 [-0.01, 0.23] 
Indirect Effect       
Pol. ID → M → Dog 0.01 [-0.38, 0.25] -0.04 [-0.26, 0.28] -0.05 [-0.16, 0.04] 
Paths       
Pol. ID → M 0.35* [0.19, 0.47] 0.18* [0.04, 0.29] -0.15* [-0.26, -0.02] 
M → Dog 0.04 [-1.06, 0.70] -0.22 [-2.29, 2.43] 0.32 [-0.28, 0.96] 
Fit Statistics RMSEA 0.02  0.02  0.02  
SRMR 0.13  0.11  0.10  
CFI 0.94  0.97  0.97  
TLI 0.94  0.96  0.96  
Cat Evaluations RWA SDO Openness 
Direct Effect B 95% CI B 95% CI B 95% CI 
Pol. ID → Cat 0.16 [-0.12, 0.70] -0.34* [-0.60, -0.05] -0.10 [-0.24, 0.06] 
Indirect Effect       
Pol. ID → M → Cat -0.35* [-0.88, -0.07] 0.15 [-0.12, 0.41] -0.09 [-0.23, 0.03] 
Paths       
Pol. ID → M 0.33* [0.18, 0.46] 0.17* [0.03, 0.28] -0.15* [-0.26, -0.03] 
M → Cat -1.04* [-2.33, -0.31] 0.90 [-0.68, 7.23] 0.58 [-0.18, 1.32] 
       
Fit Statistics RMSEA 0.02  0.02  0.02  
SRMR 0.11  0.11  0.09  
CFI 0.95  0.98  0.98  
 TLI 0.94  0.97  0.98  
Pet Preference RWA SDO Openness 
Direct Effect B 95% CI B 95% CI B 95% CI 
Pol. ID → Pref. -0.25 [-0.84, 0.17] 0.42* [0.06, 0.73] 0.21* [0.03, 0.38] 
Indirect Effect       
Pol. ID → M → Pref. 0.49* [0.09, 1.09] -0.18 [-0.47, 0.18] 0.04 [-0.10, 0.19] 
Paths       
Pol. ID → M 0.34* [0.19, 0.46] 0.17* [0.04, 0.28] -0.14* [-0.26, -0.02] 
       
M → Pref. 1.45* [0.32, 2.82] -1.04 [-6.79, 1.12] -0.28 [-1.17, 0.64] 
       
Fit Statistics RMSEA 0.02  0.02  0.02 
SRMR 0.11  0.10  0.08 
CFI 0.95  0.98  0.98 
TLI 0.95  0.97  0.98 
Dog Evaluations RWA SDO Openness 
Direct Effect B 95% CI B 95% CI B 95% CI 
Pol. ID → Dog 0.04 [-0.20, 0.45] 0.09 [-0.24, 0.32] 0.10 [-0.01, 0.23] 
Indirect Effect       
Pol. ID → M → Dog 0.01 [-0.38, 0.25] -0.04 [-0.26, 0.28] -0.05 [-0.16, 0.04] 
Paths       
Pol. ID → M 0.35* [0.19, 0.47] 0.18* [0.04, 0.29] -0.15* [-0.26, -0.02] 
M → Dog 0.04 [-1.06, 0.70] -0.22 [-2.29, 2.43] 0.32 [-0.28, 0.96] 
Fit Statistics RMSEA 0.02  0.02  0.02  
SRMR 0.13  0.11  0.10  
CFI 0.94  0.97  0.97  
TLI 0.94  0.96  0.96  
Cat Evaluations RWA SDO Openness 
Direct Effect B 95% CI B 95% CI B 95% CI 
Pol. ID → Cat 0.16 [-0.12, 0.70] -0.34* [-0.60, -0.05] -0.10 [-0.24, 0.06] 
Indirect Effect       
Pol. ID → M → Cat -0.35* [-0.88, -0.07] 0.15 [-0.12, 0.41] -0.09 [-0.23, 0.03] 
Paths       
Pol. ID → M 0.33* [0.18, 0.46] 0.17* [0.03, 0.28] -0.15* [-0.26, -0.03] 
M → Cat -1.04* [-2.33, -0.31] 0.90 [-0.68, 7.23] 0.58 [-0.18, 1.32] 
       
Fit Statistics RMSEA 0.02  0.02  0.02  
SRMR 0.11  0.11  0.09  
CFI 0.95  0.98  0.98  
 TLI 0.94  0.97  0.98  
Pet Preference RWA SDO Openness 
Direct Effect B 95% CI B 95% CI B 95% CI 
Pol. ID → Pref. -0.25 [-0.84, 0.17] 0.42* [0.06, 0.73] 0.21* [0.03, 0.38] 
Indirect Effect       
Pol. ID → M → Pref. 0.49* [0.09, 1.09] -0.18 [-0.47, 0.18] 0.04 [-0.10, 0.19] 
Paths       
Pol. ID → M 0.34* [0.19, 0.46] 0.17* [0.04, 0.28] -0.14* [-0.26, -0.02] 
       
M → Pref. 1.45* [0.32, 2.82] -1.04 [-6.79, 1.12] -0.28 [-1.17, 0.64] 
       
Fit Statistics RMSEA 0.02  0.02  0.02 
SRMR 0.11  0.10  0.08 
CFI 0.95  0.98  0.98 
TLI 0.95  0.97  0.98 

Note. * CI does not include 0. Pol. ID = Political identity. M = Mediator. Pet Preference refers to the preference of dogs over cats. All analyses are run with 5000 bootstraps.

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