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Saturday, September 24, 2005
Fun with Quizzes
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:33 pm

I didn’t wholly like all the questions, and it seems like there needed to be a fifth “neutral” response category. Plus serious answers would require far more nuance than Strongly Disagree/Disagree/Agree/Strongly Disagree, but still, about where I would put myself, I guess.

Although, ideological labels make me itchy. “Social liberal” really doesn’t describe me, except in the sense that I don’t think that the government ought to be telling citizens what to do on a host of issues. Now, when it comes to what I think is right and wrong, I am far more socially conservative.

For example, I am a praying person who does not believe in school prayer.

If anything, I am a classic liberal-but then again, that all just gets to the linguistic fact that we don’t fully understand the term liberal in our (i.e., US) political discourse.

You are a

Social Liberal
(71% permissive)

and an…

Economic Conservative
(80% permissive)

You are best described as a:


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  1. I completely agree with you about the need for a little more nuance.

    I ended up exactly on the vertical line on top of the word capitalist. What was strange was that my wife (extra-super hippie liberal when I met her) ended up firmly settled in just above the word Republican. 9/11 really did change some things.

    Comment by Matt — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:00 pm

  2. I was almost dead center on the original version of this test, the “political compass” test. Of course, “neutral” is really a weasel option and hardly worth putting as an option.

    Comment by Bryan S. — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:08 pm

  3. If you change “Neutral” to “I Could care Less”, I could go for it.

    Comment by Matt — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:13 pm

  4. I was a social liberal and an economic liberal. Best described as a Socialist. No big surprises there I guess. :)

    Comment by Jan — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:25 pm

  5. […] Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid via another “social liberal,” poliblogger Steven Taylor.

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    Pingback by » Am I the real “moderate voice”? » Arguing with signposts… » Blog Archive — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:36 pm

  6. Cupid on-line dating, huh? Doesn’t Sherry monitor your one-line habits? :-)

    Comment by Matthew — Sunday, September 25, 2005 @ 12:25 pm

  7. Well, I took THE TEST. Agreed it needs a neutral category for the questions. For example, it asks if you feel guilty when you shop at large national chains. I don’t shop at them. There were others like that, too.

    Anyway, it said I am 75% social liberal and 18% economic liberal. Seems not too far off, but if I had looked at their ideological graph before taking the test, I would have put myself a bit higher on the econ dimension than where they put me-on the border of “Democrat” and “socialist.” That would make more sense than the label the test gave me (socialist), because I always define myself as somewhere between a social democrat and a green.

    But for a test with no nuance whatsoever, I think it did reasonably well. A lot better than I thought it would do as I was taking it.

    One final thought on this: In their two dimensional ideological space, why does”totalitarian” extend almost all the way to the center? It makes no sense, especially since totalitarian can be compatible with either “fascist” or “socialist” and is thus not really an ideology, per se, but a political technique for imposing one.

    Comment by Matthew — Sunday, September 25, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

  8. Hmmm…. It called me Social Liberal and Economic moderate… a Centrist.. i dont really agree with that. The questions I don’t think were fair at all.

    Comment by Brett — Sunday, September 25, 2005 @ 4:27 pm

  9. Does anyone else wonder why their graph puts the left on the right?

    Comment by Matthew — Monday, September 26, 2005 @ 11:54 am

  10. Sanders, socialism, and the ideological spectrum

    Why would I like better a Democratic party that no longer had Maxine Waters, Dennis Kucinich, Barney Frank, and other leftists, if I am a social democrat (i.e. on the “left”) myself?

    Trackback by Fruits and Votes — Saturday, October 29, 2005 @ 4:32 pm

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