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My political compass.

I saw earlier on another blogsite how he had taken a “Are you a Liberal or a Conservative” test. I actually would recommend Political Compass, as that site breaks it down into an economic and social graph of who you are. It also represents and shows a much broader political spectrum (Anarchism – Authoritarianism, Communism – Neo-liberalism).

For what it’s worth, I took the test and scored: Economic Left/Right: -5.13, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.00, which makes me a liberal leftist (no surprise to my readers). I’d have posted the graph, but it didnt look to have a link, and a screenshot would have been rather large.

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14 comments to My political compass.

  • mushroom

    Thisis my political compass
    Economic Left/Right: 0.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.72

    I guess I am to the right of you all.

  • Well, every question and answer on this is subjective. I dont think you’ll ever come out with a foolproof way of making up a test like this that people will “correctly” answer.

    The point is, I like this particular site because its a lot more extensive on the political and social models then the basic “Are you a Liberal or Conservative” ones I’ve seen.

  • But they might not be trying to do it on purpose – a lot of people don’t see their extremism as being strongly in favour or against an issue or statement – they think what they think is just a normal reaction so no need to qualify it by adding “strongly” to it. If you’ve spent any time on some of the US politics forums over at Delphi Forums, you’d understand what i mean here.

  • Radical Centrist said::

    [quote comment=”640″]The main problem with the political compass test is that it’s quite easy to manipulate the results simply by avoiding all the “strongly” options. [/quote]

    Well yea, if one doesnt want to answer the questions truthfully, that would be a problem.. but I cant think there are too many people out there who would purposely avoid answering truthfully just so she/he could come across as a moderate.

  • Looks like I’m:

    Economic Left/Right: -6.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.85

    Pretty much in the middle of the left/libertarian quadrant.

  • The main problem with the political compass test is that it’s quite easy to manipulate the results simply by avoiding all the “strongly” options. Back when i had a Canadian politics discussion forum on my website, there was one regular who was so right-wing, she made Bush look like a moderate, yet she would insist she was quite “centrist” in her views and used political compass to prove it – she had scored pretty much dead centre – because she didn’t answer anything using the “strongly” option. I’ve done the same in the past, and ended up pretty much dead centre. I just did it again now and let myself answer “strongly” on a few of the questions that affect me more (mostly all the ones dealing with women because i am one) and score -4.00, -3.13.

  • I did this ages ago:

    Economic Left/Right: -2.50, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.31

  • I took that test a long time ago. Here are my results:

    Economic Left/Right: -8.5
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.38

    I should take it again soon to see where I sit now but I doubt it’s changed at all.

  • I forget, Scott, and I didn’t take them down, but I was in the bottom left quadrant at the corner point of the first little square just to the bottom-left of the centre. I think one of the “coordinates” I was given was “-0.50”.

  • Werner Patels said:
    [quote comment=”616″]I am a left-libertarian, but very, very close to the centre.[/quote]

    What were the numbers on your grid Werner, if you mind me asking?

  • The double negatives. Such a lonely, little quadrant, when compared to where the politicos are placed. Yet, to varying degrees, still pretty popular on the internet….

    Not surprisingly, I was at the very corner of left/libertarianism (-8, -8.31). However, I answered imagining a utopia when I actually favour slow, evolutionary change: it’s longer lasting, IMHO, than a revolution, what’s more important is a steady movement in the right (as in correct! 😉 ) direction. None of the questions really seemed to address that dimension. They address values, but not what you’d be willing to do about them. (And even some left values, i.e. non-violence pretty much prevent any revolution other than a revolution of the mind.)

    Perhaps the political compass could use some 3D modelling. 🙂

  • Problem with these, I find, is the distinguishing line between “agree/disagree” and “strongly.” Does it mean you strongly (dis)agree with that particular phrasing of it? That you don’t actually agree with that phraseology but you feel strongly about that particular issue in a similar way?

    Ideally, I’d prefer a slightly more nuanced response system that also rated the ‘importance of the question,’ which eliminates some of that ‘noise.’ At any rate, econ -2.88 lib -5.78.

    http://erg.environics.net/ has two polls – one social values, one related to Fire and Ice – which unfortunately don’t have numerical outputs. I’m wedged between ‘Aquarians’ and ‘Cosmopolitans’ in the social values one, and more or less where I am on this compass one on the fire and Ice quiz, where it is the southeastern quadrant.

    I think age is a bit overweighted in the Social Values one – I’m certainly not at home with the RATM-listening, death to the WTO, Whole-Foods-eating grouping that I get by virtue of being in the ‘red group.’ The closer, oldster grouping seems more to the point; when I retook the quiz, the questions were a bit different for the different age cohorts but the results were more or less the same.

  • I am a left-libertarian, but very, very close to the centre.

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