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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo View Post
    Anyway, I don't know about bias, but the questions are rather vaguely worded. I've found taking the test at different times that I sometimes get very different results, even though my opinions haven't really changed. It all depends on how I interpret the question at the time that I'm reading it. Also, it asks what you agree with socially, but that doesn't mean that it's accurately predicting what you think the government's role should be in regards to that question. I can believe something to be a good idea, for instance, without believing that we should legislate that people have to do what I think is a good idea for them to do.

    It's a fine conversation piece, but I don't trust its results very far. It always pegs me as more authoritarian than I actually am because of the way the questions are worded, for example.
    Agreed.

    I took the test again and got the following.

 

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    I'm pretty much where I expected and usually test on this compass.

    Your political compass

    Economic Left/Right: -8.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36



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    Me - up and to the right.



    Better that than "back, and to the left, I always say..."
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    Further to the left than I would have expected.
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    Further to the left than I would have expected.
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    What I think is that the right-left centerpoint is too far to the right, and that the auth/lib axis is worthless...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldius Oneius View Post
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    Mine was and wasnt more liberal than I expected. On the one hand, I most admire FDR, Truman and Eisenhower.

    On the other hand, I have voted Republican about 75% of the time in Presidential races, and for governor I vote Republican a LOT (because in MA, we've had some great Republican governors to keep that Dukakis shit from happening again).

    Edit: Oh, and I ALWAYS vote Republican for Senate races, cause I've never voted for John Kerry, and I never, ever will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulrik View Post
    What I think is that the right-left centerpoint is too far to the right, and that the auth/lib axis is worthless...
    Just because none of the parties here in Sweden seem to care about individual liberties it doesn't mean that it's not a valid issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dacke View Post
    Just because none of the parties here in Sweden seem to care about individual liberties it doesn't mean that it's not a valid issue.
    Not an auth/lib axis in general, but rather this axis. Like I said, I'd have thought that I'd come up more authoriarian then I did, and others were surprised that they ended so far towards auth. I think the problem is that very few people is really "authoritarian" or "libertarian" as a principle, but it rather varies from case to case. Like one person wants to control the financial markets but want your social life to be your own business, while others feel that churches should do what they feel is best but don't want, say, gay couples to be able to marry. Or other examples. My point is rather that people do not, as a rule, fall on any point on the axis.

    And this one was weighted towards the freedoms the "left" wants to protect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulrik View Post
    What I think is that the right-left centerpoint is too far to the right, and that the auth/lib axis is worthless...
    Since seeing how moderate the chart makes 3cat look, I've got to hop on board this one. And since observing that people's opinions about hot-button social issues versus people's opinions about the power of the state on these and other issues are used to evaluate the auth/lib axis, I'm joining your camp.
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    i took it again just to see how much the election has swayed me since the last time.

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -7.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.56

    i've moved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fusangite View Post
    Since seeing how moderate the chart makes 3cat look, I've got to hop on board this one. And since observing that people's opinions about hot-button social issues versus people's opinions about the power of the state on these and other issues are used to evaluate the auth/lib axis, I'm joining your camp.
    Me too. I gave up on it the moment I saw 3cat's chart.

    Still, interesting diversion.


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    The last time I took this test, I was smack in the middle of the green square. I imagine it's where I'd still fall, more or less.

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