The Political Compass

The Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 5.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.13

As far as political surveys go, this one seems to have come out more or less right. No pun intended. I don't think anyone could really dispute that I am fairly far down the right-wing line. But given what I seem to have shown here, I think it's very much in dispute that I could be considered one of those fascist pigs people keep saying I am. There were some fairly loaded questions in the survey, but I guess that was the point? There was only one question I found to be absolutely irrelevant: Abstract art that doesn't represent anything shouldn't be considered art at all. I am entirely unsure what that has to do with politics. They didn't give us the option of answering with a "who cares" button, so I clicked on "agree". Not sure how much of a skew that had on things, because I don't give a flying rat's ass about art, let alone abstract art.

And for those who might find value in such information, a second chart showing world leaders places me closest to Angela Merkel. Who knew?
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"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

       
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Posted on Sep 19, 2009 12:30 am by Samson in: | 12 comment(s) [Closed]
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These are always fun:



It badly needs a no opinion button of some sort.

       
Confuto [Anon] said:
Comment #2 Sep 19, 2009 4:55 am
There's actually some minor controversy (if I can use that word) in the political nerd community about The Political Compass for precisely the reason you gave - it doesn't have a "no opinion" option. Someone set up The Political Matrix to address that concern.

       
Interestingly enough, I scored much closer to Dwip than to Samson, though I personally consider myself to be a good bit further right than this indicates... but that's probably because the test didn't cover all the issues and, as Dwip and Samson both essentially pointed out, there was no option for "who cares?" nor "no opinion" on any of the questions.
My results were:
Economic Left/Right: -1.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.59

       
Very interesting, Confuto, the test that you put forth indicates that I'm much closer to where I'd have expected the first one to have put me. Here are my results from The Political Matrix:

Economic score: +3.55
Social score: -2.52

Your score pegs you as economically moderately capitalist and socially centre-libertarian.

Moderate capitalists usually support free trade and low taxes, but take pragmatic stances according to what they believe will be best for business and workers.

Social centre-libertarians generally have moderate social views, with a slight lean toward avoiding government intervention. However, they support government intervention in matters that they see as threats to society

       
Matrix Test:

Economic score: +5.35
Social score: +2.17

Your score pegs you as economically capitalist and socially centre-authoritarian.

Capitalists generally support an open free market and lower taxes, but also support government restrictions on blatantly abusive industry. Capitalists also often differ from their more extreme peers in that, while they may support significantly lower taxes, they are less apt to support complete elimination of taxation or near-complete elimination of government.

Social centre-authoritarians generally have moderate social views, with a slight lean toward government intervention. They may have moderate cultural and religious views, but on the whole believe that the government should assure that society should stay moral.


While it landed slightly closer to where I might expect, it's seriously lacking in national security/defense style questions, and grossly lacking in immigration questions. I don't think this test did what it set out to do.

For instance, on this chart: http://www.politicalcompass.org/usprimaries2008 I identify most closely with the cluster of people surrounding Fred Thompson. Any one of those people would be a perfectly acceptable president to me. One might note, Ron Paul is well outside that cluster, and rightly so, since his stance on defense and foreign affairs is so far from where I see myself, yet many of his domestic policies I can agree with.

       
I suspect that the bottom line is that no test is going to be complete and accurate while also being brief enough for people to be willing to take it. But they're still amusing to take and relatively accurate overall. I'm just sorry that the chart image for the second one doesn't seem to show up here, is that because it saves as a gif? (I'd saved the image from my result to my web server for posting here and it still didn't show.)

And thanks for deleting my accidental double post for me, Samson. Why didn't the bold and blue tags both work for the post before that? Are nested tags not supported at all or are they only supported within quotes?

       
Both of those tests appear to be biased to achieve a certain result, so they can then throw certain world leaders on and say "see, they're radicals and you're not". Except it seems some world leaders are attracting far more people than they might have figured :)

I don't know why the color tag isn't working. The code doesn't even seem to be translating it, as the HTML source still shows the actual bbcode tag.

TEST: This should be in yellow!

Well, ok, must be a nesting issue.

       
http://slackhalla.org/~demise/test/socialattitude.php One more, this one from Scandum.

Radicalism 39
Socialism 25
Tenderness 46.875

These scores indicate that you are a moderate conservative; this is the political profile one might associate with a police officer. It appears that you are accepting of religion, and have a generally optimistic attitude towards humanity in general.

Your attitudes towards economics appear capitalist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as right-wing.

To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, a pragmatist with few strong opinions.


The cop thing is pretty interesting to me, since I did at one time consider a career in law enforcement, right up until my eyesight disqualified me from consideration.

       
Hmm, I'm not so sure I'd agree that you have "few strong opinions", but you know me, I'll take almost any test proffered.. ;)

My results from this latest test were:
Social Attitude Test said:

Political Values

Radicalism 55.5
Socialism 25
Tenderness 31.25

These scores indicate that you are a tough-minded moderate; this is the political profile one might associate with a jaded materialist. It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and have a pragmatic attitude towards humanity in general.

Your attitudes towards economics appear capitalist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as libertarian.

To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, a centrist with several strong opinions.

This concludes our analysis; we hope you found your results accurate, useful, and interesting.


Unlike many other political tests found on the Internet which base themselves on untested (and usually ideologically motivated) ideas, this inventory is adapted from Hans Eysenck's own political inventory which was developed after extensive empirical investigations in the 20th Century.

I can't argue with it's results too stringently, though I'm not so sure I like being called (compared to?) a jaded materialist and I'm mildly flattered to have the results say I have several strong opinions, but I know myself well enough to admit that I have more than several of those. :D

       
The test asked a bunch of stuff I didn't have a strong opinion of. So it got that a bit wrong :)

I don't know exactly what you have to say to the thing to be called a jaded materialist, but your results are rather similar to Scandum's except where his last line called him a "devoted eugenicist with few strong opinions".

Tyche turned out to be a sincere clergyman. Most of the others turned out to be a random mix of radicals like animal rights activists and university professors.

       
I think I'd rather be called a jaded materialist than similar to Scandum.. *LOL*
Tyche ..clergyman.. I think I could see that actually.
University professors are radicals?

       
Since I missed these...

The Political Matrix said:

Economic score: -4.00
Social score: -6.43

Your score pegs you as economically moderately leftist and socially libertarian.

Moderate economic leftists generally support regulation of free trade and business to assure that workers are fairly treated and prices remain stable.

Social libertarians generally believe that the government should not judge morality, and are generally against the illegalization of things that do not directly affect other people in a negative way. Many strong social libertarians may also be social progressives, favouring legislation to correct what they see as socially backwards governmental regulation, although some simply wish for the government to make little judgment on social matters.


Which is true enough as far as it goes, but again with the national security thing.

Social Attitude Test said:

Radicalism 80.25
Socialism 25
Tenderness 46.875

These scores indicate that you are a progressive; this is the political profile one might associate with a university professor. It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and have a pragmatic attitude towards humanity in general.

Your attitudes towards economics appear capitalist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as libertarian.

To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, an egalitarian with few strong opinions.


Epic fail on the economic side of that, really. And some of those questions where whack: young men with long hair? Seriously?

And what is it with the proliferation of eugenics questions, anyway?

       
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