January 22nd, 2009

liberal agenda

That political meme that's going around

I'm sure my results will shock everybody:

My Political Views
I am a left social libertarian
Left: 6.62, Libertarian: 6.01

Political Spectrum Quiz


My Foreign Policy Views
Score: -7.72

Political Spectrum Quiz
My Culture War Stance
Score: -7.63

Political Spectrum Quiz


I boggled a bit at some of the questions. 13. Government should do something about the increasing violence in video games I read as 13. Government should do something about increasing the violence in video games, which amused me. Agree strongly! No.

50. A person's morality is between that person and God only. Government should not get involved was just weird. Obviously I don't agree with the first sentence as it stands, but I may or may not agree with the second sentence, depending on what they really mean. If they're talking about things which only affect that person, or other consenting adults, hell yes. If they're talking about things that hurt other people, or in some cases even affect them without their consent, hell no! So, neutral, then.

I've changed the way I answer surveys in the last couple of years, I think. I used to be so wussy - lots of answers in the "slightly agree" to "slightly disagree" range, and virtually no strong feelings. Now probably two thirds of my answers are "strongly agree" or "strongly disagree", even if the question is confusing - just decide what I think it means, and then take a stance. I don't think my opinions have changed, in general (although some have, and I hope others have been refined, at least) but I've got more confident about them. I guess that's good.
liberal agenda

More leftwingery

Another political quiz, via nwhyte:



Crime and punishment, internationalism

Your position on this axis is -5.8
You are likely to be very internationalist and rehabilitationist.

Economics, etc

Your position on this axis is -1.2
You are likely to be slightly socialist and anti-war.



More interesting because it gives you a lot of data and comparisons - my results are here. The results for the vertical axis are much more clumped together than the horizontal axis, and the combination of economic and military answers often balances out, I think.

I'm Very Left Wing, apparently. More shocking news. 95.3% of the population are significantly to my right on the horizontal axis, which is a little bizarre - I don't think of my opinions as particularly extreme. I was going to say web survey = self-selecting sample, source bias, etc etc, but it turns out the comparisons are based on a properly representative 2,000 person poll of the population - there's a very interesting PDF with graphs and contour lines of those results. I particularly like the three at the bottom that are presented without comment. (And if you're avoiding it because it's a PDF, get Foxit Reader immediately and you will never have to worry about PDF problems again.)

Clicky here to take the test.