1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    The political spectrum is not one dimensional left-right. There have been many ways of attempting to describe it, but the Political Compass model is probably the simplest, while still capturing some of the complexity. Take the test and see where you are:


    (To copy the image into a post, just right click on it, then "Copy Image", and then you can post it directly into the editor here)

    This is me:
    Economic Left/Right: -5.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.10


    Some relative positions:


    Other people:


    I've found the skeptical movement seems to be populated with social libertarians, which makes sense as we are skeptical of arbitrary rules and moral codes - especially when based in religion. However there seems to be a good left-right spread on economic factors, with many skeptics being quite right wing (free markets) economically. I'm more left-wing, preferring a degree of regulation to counteract market excesses and negative externalities.
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  2. JeffreyNotGeoffrey

    JeffreyNotGeoffrey Active Member

    That definitely feels more correct as a visual representation of politics. I just never thought of a second axis to represent social positions.
  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    As an exercise in perception, I've taken the test pretending to be Joe. The results came out as:

    Economic Left/Right: 6.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.97

    I'd be interested to see how my perception differs from actuality.
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  4. Soulfly

    Soulfly Banned Banned

    Economic Left/Right: -2.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.77

    I could be Mandela's political twin.
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  5. JeffreyNotGeoffrey

    JeffreyNotGeoffrey Active Member

    Working off an xbox I cannot c/p. Howver I was a little lower and a hair to the left of you Mick.
  6. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    If anyone has trouble posting the image, then just post the numbers, and I'll add the image for you.

    You need to actually copy and paste the image, you can't just drag it from the web page, as they don't let you hotlink.
  7. solrey

    solrey Senior Member

  8. AluminumTheory

    AluminumTheory Senior Member


    Economic Left/Right: -4.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.85

    I always thought of myself as liberal with elements of libertarian ideas.... Never thought that I was THAT MUCH of a libertarian.
  9. JeffreyNotGeoffrey

    JeffreyNotGeoffrey Active Member

    Eh took it a second time and got -4.88x/-4.05y. I thought more on stuff. I guess this would be a better version.
    Economic Left/Right: -4.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.05

  10. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    Economic Left/Right: -5.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.10

  11. JeffreyNotGeoffrey

    JeffreyNotGeoffrey Active Member

    I KNOW! I guess being cool with the "gays" and adult on adult sex and pot make you socially libertarian.
  12. JeffreyNotGeoffrey

    JeffreyNotGeoffrey Active Member

    I think that is what I got the first time.
  13. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I also took this test and came out as:
  14. JRBids

    JRBids Senior Member

    The Political Compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.85

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  15. JRBids

    JRBids Senior Member

    Hard-Pressed Democrats

    What They Believe
    • Very cynical about government
    • Critical of business
    • Supportive of the social safety net
    • View immigrants as an economic burden and a cultural threat
    • Supportive of environmental protection, but concerned about its economic impact
    • Pessimistic about their future finances
    • Socially conservative and very religious
    Who They Are
    • 84% are Democrats
    • More than six-in-ten are female
    • Largely blue collar; about two-thirds have no formal education beyond high school
    • One of two groups with a sizeable concentration of African Americans (35%)
    • Nearly half live in the South (48%), with many others in the Midwest (23%)
    • More than four-in-ten describe their household as struggling
    • 61% regularly watch network evening news and 44% watch CNN
    • 23% follow NASCAR racing

    Some of these I'm not sure how it describes me, but that's what I got.
  16. Joe

    Joe Senior Member

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  17. Joe

    Joe Senior Member

    Nope got that wrong . Guess you really don't know me as well as you think . Of course if Im the Joe your were talking about ?
  18. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    You were. I should have factored in that you're a Daily Show fan. :)
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  19. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I think you need another axis :)
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  20. Soulfly

    Soulfly Banned Banned

    I'm retaking my test, Joe's is too close to mine and it makes me skeptical. o_O
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  21. JRBids

    JRBids Senior Member

    O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
    To see oursels as ithers see us!

  22. Oxymoron

    Oxymoron Banned Banned

    Make of it what you will

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    Landru Moderator Staff Member

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  24. Oxymoron

    Oxymoron Banned Banned

    Lol... That's about where I expected mine to be.
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  25. Grieves

    Grieves Senior Member

    On vacation in PEI, only got the pad, can't post the image. Still,
    Economic Left/Right: -8.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.44
    1 row from the furthest left, two-and-a-half rows from the bottom.

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  26. MikeC

    MikeC Closed Account

    Another namby pamby leftist here

  27. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Pretty much the same as me.

    I think though the test really does not reflect the key dividing factor here - the degree of suspicion of the Powers That Be. While we probably have similar ideas about what government should be doing, we differ greatly on what we think it is doing, and how it decides what to do (i.e. if there's a big conspiracy).

    That, like I said before, needs another axis.
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  28. FreiZeitGeist

    FreiZeitGeist Senior Member

    These are the resulst from the German Jury
    (Insider Joke for Europeans and some Australians)


    As an Euorpean You can tell from the questions that they are directed to US-American Peoples.
    Enviromental Questions are more importent here than religios questions


    Oooops: Drag&Drop first get me a wrong picture
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  29. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    Apparently, I am one of the few freakishly in the purple...

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  30. JeffreyNotGeoffrey

    JeffreyNotGeoffrey Active Member

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  31. Met Watch

    Met Watch Moderator

    Interesting. Mick, is there a way to plot everybody on one chart, just for easier perspective?

    Economic Left/Right: -2.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.56

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  32. Cairenn

    Cairenn Senior Member

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -2.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.18

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  33. Cairenn

    Cairenn Senior Member

    What is interesting is the chart of the 2012 presidential candidates.
  34. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    Apart from the fact that I'm woefully un-informed on the 'issues' , some questions weren't really straight forward and I could have gone either way - like whether people with a high likelihood of passing on a serious genetic disability should be allowed to breed; they probably *shouldn't*, but they should have the right to, and it depends if medicine can fix it.

    Some I just don't know enough about - how would I know if rich people are taxed too much unless I was one?

    And the question that said a significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system.
    Well yes, I agree, that's an obvious truism - but I wouldn't support it.

    A lot of questions I just felt uncomfortable committing to any position at all, some I was sure about though.
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  35. David Fraser

    David Fraser Senior Member

    I think I may have gone further to the left but for the question about spanking kids. I just can't help myself. I give kids a spanking at every opportunity. Not my kids by the way, just random kids in the street ;)
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  36. Soulfly

    Soulfly Banned Banned

    I too selected strongly agree, I'm so close to Mandela that I have to assume he thinks it is okay to beat.. er I mean spank kids too.
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  37. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Well, Mandela was not agains using violence when he felt it was needed:
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  39. Joe Newman

    Joe Newman Active Member

    Heh. It only gets worse because you now have two joe's squatting on your sector and I'm as skeptical as you, since I landed near a lot of folks who seemingly don't agree with me on virtually anything.


    These things seem notoriously hamfisted when it comes to nuance because of the poorly worded questions and limited options. This is why I don't like boxes to begin with--too neat and too sloppy at the same time.

    Odd that I would land closest to Gandhi in that a couple of years ago I would have been proud of that, but I've had to do a major reevaluation of him based on further data and don't see him in the same I used to see him at all.
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  40. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    I agree. I feel like I could/would get a completely different result each time I took the test...I took it again this morning and ended up in the green- must have been in a bad mood yesterday :)