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Political compass

I like taking online quizzes that tell you which political party, candidate, or historical figure most closely aligns with your responses. Most are vapid, some are laughable, and like any quiz, they reward your sense of vanity. Anyhow, it’s good to try and confirm your views are what you say they are, so I took the Political Compass quiz four times over the course of ten days and averaged the results.

My political views are noticeably more nuanced and centrist now than five or six years ago. I think refining them is a mandatory self-improvement, but the more progress I make the less I’m able to rely on existing political adjectives. I generally just say “moderate, unaffiliated”, but I don’t like the fact that these generalizations are so easy and misleading. I don’t want to misrepresent myself to others or trick myself into following leaders I actually disagree with. I think you have to encourage opinions to roam, but keep an eye on them. Here are my results:

Scores

  • -1.50, -4.46
  • -0.12, -4.56
  • -0.75, -4.41
  • -0.75, -4.77

Combined score diagram

I’m pleased with his round of testing since it pretty well matches my ideals: centrist, left-leaning, and libertarian. Next time (maybe), I’ll use the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.

One Comment

  1. Matt wrote:

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.74

    Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 8:46 am | Permalink

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