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Where Do You Stand Poltically?

I did this test when I saw it posted on the Victory Motorcycle Club website.

FYI I was dead in the center for the left/right axis and the libertarian/authoritarian axis.

I thought I would have been further to the right.

http://www.politicalcompass.org/

Some of the questions posed were pretty stupid. You might try http://theadvocates.org/quiz.html

Zeropointzero,

Your tagline to the Advocate site is off - you have a period after ‘html’. Just FYI.

Take the period away, and you can get the site, folks.

According to theadvocates site I am a libertarian. Never would have thought that about myself but then again i don’t like to pigeonhole myself with labels.

The politicalcompass site placed me slightly libertarian and slightly liberal.

The advocates site placed me slightly authoritarian and dead center.

I’ve always thought of myself as slightly conservative, and roughly centered on the liberty/authority axis.

So it looks like I probably fall dead center overall.

I think politicalcompass looks like it has the more accurate test.

THis one’s more interesting, although all of these quizes suffer from trying to force complex questions into questions with 2 or 3 responses.

http://www.politicalcompass.org/

BTW, on the political compass I came out almost on the right axis, almost exactly between libertarian and authoritarian (although pretty far to the right on economic issues, which is correct).

I think another problem with this is that it makes someone like me, with strong libertarian positions on some issues but strong law-and-order positions on others, come out in the mushy middle, when that’s really not the case. It’s really issue dependent.

I’m slightly left and libertarian aswell:
Economic Left/Right: -2.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.41

But with cluster analyses like these, the question always is, how you define the dimensions in the first place.

But it’s fun. Have you guys ever checked out the belief-o-matic on www.belief.net: http://beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html
Helps you position yourself in the world of religion. Had a few surprises there…

Makkun

Economic Left/Right: -1.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.97

I’m in good company, though. Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama and Gandhi. I thought it was funny that the Pope sits in the same quadrant with Arafat and Saddam Hussein.

I don’t agree with simplifying a very complex issue into a single sentence with four possible answers. Many of the questions needed a “well, it depends” or a “yes and no” button between the Agree and Disagree.

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This one’s even better:

http://www.yourpersonality.net/political/

See whom you resemble more, Bush or Kerry.

Economic: 2.88
Social: 1.23

As I expected.

But I am interested in knowing how they score. For example, the question:

“A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system.”

To disagree with the above is a fundamentally conservative point of view, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that a “Strongly Agree” bumps your score to the Right.

But these little quizzes, if limited, are fun.

[quote]thunderbolt23 wrote:
Economic: 2.88
Social: 1.23

As I expected.

But I am interested in knowing how they score. For example, the question:

“A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system.”

To disagree with the above is a fundamentally conservative point of view, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that a “Strongly Agree” bumps your score to the Right.

But these little quizzes, if limited, are fun.[/quote]

That was a great one – everyone can vote; here’s your choice…

Voting is for people who do not mind corruption provided they can benefit from it.

I don’t think two dimensions is enough either.

For example, when in comes to economic issues, I want reduced tax and reduced government. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to protect the environment or worry about social issues as well.

As for the authoritarian scale, as BB said, it does gets issue dependent. Whenever possible I think people should be left to do whatever they want. However, when it comes to serious criminal matters, I want some serious policies.

So, while I want to minimize government and minimize its authority over people, I recognize there are areas where taxation and authority are appropriate and I don’t want to skimp. So, what the heck does that make me politically? Conflicted?

Great tests!!!

I’ve found that I’m a complete liberal!!!

I believe that you all owe me a living!!!

I’m voting for Kerry!!!

Kerry says he will punish the rich!!!

He will get France/Germany/Russia to put combat troops in Iraq just by being elected!!!

Great!!!

JeffR

economic -3.5 (left)
social -5.59 (libertatian)

100% secular humanism

left-liberal libertarian

theadvocates.org site is a libertarian site, that’s why so many people come up as libertarian leaning…

Some of the questions on the political compass quiz were really odd.

Our race has many superior qualities, compared to other races. (Are you a racist?)

It’s a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product. (Are you a hippy?)

Land shouldn’t be a commodity to be bought and sold. (Are you a Native American?)

The rich are too highly taxed. (Are you rich?)

The axes are all screwed up. The social axis determines whether you are an authoritarian or a libertarian, while the economic exis determines whether you are on the left or right? Left/right and authoritarian/libertarian are dependent on both social and economic views.

The second graph confused me even more. At the bottom pole is social libertarianism, which they equate with anarchism. They also put “anarchism (ie. liberal socialism).” If I didn’t know anything about all these political stances, I would be really confused. Anarchism doesn’t even belong anywhere on the graph because it mean you don’t believe in any government. An anarchist wouldn’t even be taking a quiz like this.

The advocates quiz makes tons more sense than this. They both gave me approximately the same results, while the advocates quiz was much quicker to take.