I discovered another fun application on the Pew Research Center website last week that is very similar to the Political Compass. The application administers a brief test that asks users a host of political questions. It then classifies them in one of 9 categories. Here are my results:
I encourage folks to take this test and post the results on this site.
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I took the test too – I”m Solid Liberal along with 16% of general population. Does that mean I’m more mainstream than you??? 🙂
Apparently. It seems Liberals now represent a plurality of voters.
How weird. 😉
Actually, we always have, based on attitude surveys like this one. But because it became a ‘dirty word’, people don’t self identify as liberal when asked. Weird indeed.
Libertarian here. I have a feeling that 9% will be getting larger.
Me too. 😉
I’m a “Post-Modern”. I love labels that sound erudite but were actually made up by someone in the shower.
I’m surprised. I would have pegged you as a liberal.
Solid Democrat, no surprise there.
But where do you fit in on this far more important chart?!?!?
My diet definitely labels me as a conservative. Bland food all the time. I was a stubborn kid. Once my parents told me I couldn’t leave the table until I ate my vegetables. So I sat at the table until the next morning.
I was the same way, but in my mid 20s I dated a vegetarian who was a better cook than I was, so I started learning to love a bigger variety. Now I’m even a somewhat adventurous eater in some ways, though my main skill is eating ridiculously spicy things (with video).
I think my fear of non-meat foods is a bit deeper seated than that. My wife tried for years and just gave up.
I’m post-modern along with 13% of the population. I suspect that term is similar to “left-libertarian” in Europe. That generally means a distrust of centralized power in any form, both governmental and corporate. American libertarians tend to accept accumulated corporate/business power as non-problematic, focusing on government abuse of power. Yet left-libertarians also distrust governments, and fear too many government benefits could foster dependency on government and work against true liberty (a dependent cared for person is not truly free).
I think we are batting two for two on New Englanders being “post-modern.”
Fascinating. I wonder why that is?
“Live free or die” perhaps?
Synchronicity…I just took the test the other day myself. For some reason I scored as Solid Lib. I guess that’s the default you get dumped into due to Pew’s lack of an Anarcho-Communist group…:)
You must love Bakunin…;-)
He’s OK, but he’s no Kropotkin…:)
Fascinating…That one class I took in college on 19th Century Russia is really coming in handy. 😉
I got Staunch Conservative, but I don’t match up with a lot of the demographics and some of the viewpoints they highlighted in the profile. I also had problems with a lot of the questions they asked, feeling like I was forced to choose between the lesser of two evils because they had no good answer to fit my views. Sort of like our recent elections I guess 🙂
I agree. I found the questions to be too black and white.
Ditto. Easy to carp, I guess, but it’d be fun if there were a 1-5 spectrum, with the statements representing the outer poles. I mean, “corporations make too much/little money”? There are a lot of corporations out there! I’m not sure there’s such a thing as a corporation making too much money anyway. And there are many where my answer is, “sometimes yes, sometimes no.”
As it was, I got “solid liberal,” which, given my willingness to see gray areas in the questions, is probably appropriate…
Yeah, the environment question really got my goat.
I agree that having a spectrum is better than Pew’s binary approach.
Libertarian here as well, but I was split on one of the questions (Environment) which would have labeled me as a “Post-Modern”. I don’t believe in “at all costs”, but I think more could be done.
Yeah. That one messed me up too. The questions were too black and white.
@Nickgb: Although I love steak, I’m actually more of a “Food Liberal” than Conservative in spite of my views.