The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Political Compass

I'm not usually one to do LJ memes, but I've decided to post my Political Compass scores. After taking the quiz, I had an economic score of -3.6 and a social score of -4.8; each indicator ranges from -10 (far left) to +10 (far right). This puts me firmly in the territory of people like Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. The team behind this quiz also rated the 2004 presidential candidates, and I was in the area of Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton. It's interesting to see that almost all of the other candidates, Democratic or Republican, were clustered pretty closely with positive scores on both axis. Kerry was closest to the center with (+2E,+1S), while Bush was near (+7E, +4S). I've often heard people say that the American political spectrum was still well in the "right" range for the rest of the world, and this is a confirmation of that.

I've got problems with the test's methodology; the questions are setup as statements with "strong agree/agree/disagree/strong disagree" answers. Most of the statements are simple and easy to rank, but some are stated where I could see an issue both ways and my stand depended on other things read into the situation. I also think they weren't quite independent enough, and often were measuring the same core value. Now, this probably is more of an issue for people taking it online; the answers I saw posted on liberal were all fairly out there, with lots of scores in the (-8E,-8S) range; while that might be appropriate for a mainly youth-oriented USian "liberal" community, I'd guess that the high numbers come more from an impulsive choice of "strong" feelings over a more nuanced "agree/disagree but with reservations".
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