Political Compass

I discovered another fun application this week called the Political Compass via Divided We Stand United We Fall. The application administers a brief test that asks users a host of political questions. The application then scores their answers and plots these scores on the following grid:

Source: politicalcompass.org

I scored a 3.88 on the economic left/right axis and a 1.23 on the social libertarian/authoritarian axis. In essence, I favor free market economic policies (within reason) and am slightly more conservative when it comes to social policies (again, within reason).

The site also provides a map of where several famous and/or notorious world leaders would place on the grid.

Source: politicalcompass.org

I encourage folks to take this test and post the results on this site.

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About Sean Patrick Hazlett

Conservative clean energy crusader, national security hawk, financial analyst, engineer, and former military officer.
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18 Responses to Political Compass

  1. Scott Erb says:

    I was in the left libertarian section, pretty strongly libertarian (on social/civil issues) and only moderately left on economic issues. I was: Economic Left/Right: -2.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.31. That puts me close to the bottom slightly left of the center.

  2. Crimson Wife says:

    I came out pretty much dead in the center on economics (0.12) and moderately libertarian (-2.36). I’ve taken (a href=”http://www.gotoquiz.com/politics/political-spectrum-quiz.html”) another online quiz with different questions that placed me on the border of all 4 quadrants (Right: 0.47, Libertarian: 0.65)

  3. V. R. Kaine says:

    I was 3.50 on Economic Left/Right, and -2.41 on Social Libertarian/Authoritarian.

    I think my answer to the “multinationals act unethically” skewed my results! 🙂

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  5. jcrue says:

    I’m glad I ended up somewhere ON the chart… 🙂

  6. Joseph Hartman says:

    Economic Left/Right: -3.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.41

    A bit of a disconcerting result as I generally think of libertarianism as something of a joke. Of course, being a registered Green, that probably puts me in the position of the proverbial black pot.

    • Thanks, Joseph, for stopping by.

      It looks like I’m still the only person on my site in the “authoritarian” column. I’m starting to feel kinda lonely. 😉

    • Scott Erb says:

      The Greens are the poster party for left libertarianism. As an ideology left libertarians have a similar distrust for centralized power and government as do capitalist libertarians, but they extend that distrust to big business and big money (they distrust all centralized power, not just government).

  7. pino says:

    Economic: 5.50
    Social: -3.59

    Some questions were a touch vague. Personally I DO want religious values taught to my kids. However, we are going to attend a Christian Private School next year. If the question stated that I was in a public school, then the answer would have been different.

    Have you seen The Worlds Shortest Political Quiz?

    http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz

    • Arrggh!

      According to The World’s Shortest Political Quiz, I’m a libertarian!

      My personal score is 70% and my economic score is 100%.

      Now I am really confused…

      Thanks for sharing, Pino!

      • pino says:

        According to The World’s Shortest Political Quiz, I’m a libertarian!

        I never thought you weren’t. I suspect that you are personally conservative but would never consider to foist those beliefs on your neighbor.

      • “I suspect that you are personally conservative but would never consider to foist those beliefs on your neighbor.”

        Pino, that sounds about right. I guess that’s why my soldiers never blinked when they needed to talk to someone when they contracted STDs…I wish I were kidding. But I’m not.

      • pino says:

        I guess that’s why my soldiers never blinked when they needed to talk to someone when they contracted STDs…I wish I were kidding. But I’m not.

        Not trying to draw a direct comparison obviously, but I find it a useful illustration that Christ would have been comfortable counseling those same soldiers for those same ailments absent those same “conclusions”.

  8. j says:

    Looks like you’re closer to Obama than anyone in the Republican party:

    http://politicalcompass.org/uselection2008

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