Political Compass Redux

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A while back I asked my readers to take a political quiz and report their results. I’ve taken those results and plotted them. Bear in mind that they only represent my readers. I’m not looking to replicate a blogosphere-wide map. If you’re one of my readers and you’d like to be on this map, take the quiz and leave a comment with your coordinates.

Addendum 11/27/05: I thought perhaps some readers might be interested in posting their coordinates from this quiz as well. Notice the linear dependecy of y on x in the first quiz? Well, this quiz corrects for that. Be sure to give your unnormalized scores.

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Comments 25

  1. Jerry Nora wrote:

    So I noticed that you became more authoritarian (a somewhat inflammatory term; did a libertarian design this quiz?) over the past two years. Any commentary on how this came about?

    Posted 26 Nov 2005 at 8:53 pm
  2. Emily T wrote:

    Economic Left/Right: -4.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.46

    Posted 26 Nov 2005 at 9:09 pm
  3. howard wrote:

    Wow — makes me seem like the near perfect centrist I always dreamed of becoming.

    Posted 26 Nov 2005 at 9:53 pm
  4. Leonora wrote:

    Economic Left/Right: -5.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.44

    Posted 26 Nov 2005 at 10:05 pm
  5. Funky Dung wrote:

    Jer, I’d chalk it up to learning more about my faith.

    Posted 26 Nov 2005 at 11:04 pm
  6. Emily (the Ohioan one) wrote:

    Economic left/right: -1.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.18

    Posted 27 Nov 2005 at 4:21 am
  7. Sean wrote:

    Economic left/right: -2.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.13

    I wonder how I would have scored when I was 16. I’d guess Economic -7, Social near 0.

    Posted 27 Nov 2005 at 4:54 am
  8. Br. Andrew nSM wrote:

    Ec. L/R: -5.50
    Soc. L/A: -0.92

    Posted 27 Nov 2005 at 5:00 pm
  9. Steven Kesslar wrote:

    Economic Left/Right: -2.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.03

    I was really hoping to be more authoritarian than this. They need more questions about how important monarchs are.

    sk

    Posted 27 Nov 2005 at 10:00 pm
  10. Emily (the Ohioan one) wrote:

    These quizzes are fascinating.

    On the second one, I got:
    Left/Right: +0.5071
    Idealism/Pragmatism: -1.8941

    My results, on their graph, appear dangerously close to Josef Stalin!

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 3:01 am
  11. Sean wrote:

    Second Quiz:

    left/right -2.6893
    pragmatism +3.0384

    So sad to see that I turned 30 and am no longer an idealist :(

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 3:34 am
  12. Funky Dung wrote:

    Ah, Emily, you crazy Russians are all the same. 😉

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 3:48 am
  13. Funky Dung wrote:

    I wouldn’t get too hung up on the labels, Sean. They’re just best guesses. It’s hard to pin exact meanings to eigenvectors, especially those derived from subjective data.

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 3:49 am
  14. Mark wrote:

    Economic Left/Right: -0.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.18

    The first several times I’ve seen this type of test it was given by Libertarians — they used to print up a little quiz card with a chart like this. They didn’t like the Left/Right spectrum too much.

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 4:14 am
  15. Funky Dung wrote:

    I’m not too fond of it, either. 😉

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 4:26 am
  16. Tom Smith wrote:

    First: Jerry, I think those who aren’t “libertarian” are, by definition, authoritarians. Being raised in the US and fed its propaganda, I think we’ve come to believe that it’s somehow a nasty slur, when in reality, it’s just a descriptor. Kind of like how calling someone “ignorant” is somehow rude, even though it just means that they lack a piece of knowledge.

    I think these quizzes are pretty crappy. They kind of assume that you’re coming at it from the perspective of what, exactly, will help people the most. What if I don’t care about other people?

    Just kidding. But seriously, though, these quizzes are based on a number of assumptions that are hardcore BS. There were a number of questions that were clearly there to flesh out one’s left/right alignment, but I answered from a purely authoritarian perspective. It seemed like I was giving answers that would sound like the stereotypical opinion of a GLBT San Francisco liberal, or a Bible-belt conservative, depending, but not for the same reasons as these people, and that an internet quiz didn’t allow me to explain. It’s kind of like how there’s a weird melange of people opposed to the existence of the state of Israel: the anti-Semitic white power Alabama crowd as well as the fashionable hipster Greenwich Villagers — they agree, but not for the reasons that you’d think.

    Anyway

    Quiz 1
    Econ. L/R: -6.00
    Soc. Lib./Auth.: -0.21

    Quiz 2
    L/R: -2.7811 (-0.1674)
    Pragmatism: -4.9673 (-0.2990)

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 8:51 am
  17. Roz wrote:

    Quiz 1

    Economic L/R -5.25
    Social Lib./Auth -1.08

    Quiz 2
    L/R -0.4609
    Pragmatism -1.8305

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 3:36 pm
  18. The Waffling Anglican wrote:

    Quiz Uno
    Economic Left/Right: 3.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 2.00

    Quiz Dos
    Left/Right +6.825
    Pragmatism -0.1685

    Guess I’m the red-state outlier. Now where’d I leave my assault rifle?

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 6:58 pm
  19. gbm3 wrote:

    Economic Left/Right: -3.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.44

    I thought I was more of a social authoritarian.

    “…thy liberty in law.”
    -?America, the Beautiful”
    -Katherine Lee Bates

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 9:24 pm
  20. Paul Prezzia wrote:

    Economic Left/Right: -3.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.82

    Posted 28 Nov 2005 at 9:53 pm
  21. edey wrote:

    tom,
    you are from san francisco and all 😉

    you know what they say about people from san francisco…. 😉

    Posted 29 Nov 2005 at 12:52 am
  22. Tom Smith wrote:

    What? I like girls.

    Posted 29 Nov 2005 at 8:03 pm
  23. edey wrote:

    i don’t know about these numbers….for someone who is as “socially conservative” as i am, i scored quite libertarian:

    quiz 1
    conomic Left/Right: -7.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

    quiz 2
    1 left/right -6.4796 (-0.3900)
    2 pragmatism -3.8055 (-0.2291)

    Posted 29 Nov 2005 at 10:18 pm
  24. The Troglodyte wrote:

    Economic Left/Right: 4.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.59

    Left/Right: 1.4352
    Pragmatic/Idealist: 0.9252

    Posted 29 Nov 2005 at 11:47 pm
  25. Steve Nicoloso wrote:

    Looks like I bucked the x-y dependency trend on Political Compass:
    Left/Right: -5.50
    Libertarian/Authoritarian: +0.51

    On the Political Beasts poll, I got:
    Left/Right: +0.2637
    Pragmatic/Idealist: -2.9258

    Posted 30 Nov 2005 at 2:57 pm

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