Thursday, October 04, 2007

Political Compass: Where Do You Land?

I learned of the Political Compass Test a month ago, while reading Bill Gusky's ArtBlog Comments. It isn't a perfect measure of one's political positioning, but it serves as a useful litmus test.

Interestingly, as Bill points out, many art blog readers land in the lower left quadrant (economically "left" and socially libertarian). Take my score of -8.50/-6.36, for example. The test makers consider me a little left of the Dalai Lama on both axises. While I find that result somewhat surprising, I'm honored to be in such good company.

Take the test. Tell me where you are placed.

10 comments:

Roger said...

-2.88/-3.85

Michael said...

I ended up nearby...
Economic Left/Right: -5.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.82
A bit more moderate than you... or maybe less inclined to use the adverb 'strongly.'

James said...

I can't imagine that the results for JamesWagner.com will surprise anybody: I show up pretty darn close to the bottom left corner, with -8.75 "economic left/right" and -9.23 "social libertarian/authoritarian"

Hungry Hyaena said...

Roger:

Made the "left" position, just barely. I'd be interested to know how you classify yourself politically speaking (apart from how the test scored you).

Michael:

Yeah, the word "strongly" has something to do with it, I'm sure. I thought long about a few of my answers, but decided not to answer in the context of "things as they are," but rather aiming for "things as I would like them to be."

James:

Wow. You put the Dalai Lama to shame!!

Multi-Media Artist said...

Mine and my 3 roomate all agreed on the same answers (after explaining our positions) Our political compass:

Economic Left/Right: -6.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.79

Bloggophone said...

"Mine and my 3 roomate all agreed on the same answers (after explaining our positions)"
Consensus? Sounds pretty lefty to me... ;)

bioephemera said...

-2.75, -4.26.

Barely left. But I did grow up on the border of Idaho. There, I am still considered a foaming-at-the-mouth, crazy liberal treehugger. It all depends on context. . .

Hungry Hyaena said...

Well, despite Bioephemera's close call, it seems all reader respondents are landing in the lower left quadrant.

I'm a little disappointed, actually. I was hoping I had a few readers not so easily lumped into the urban, "blue state" stereotype.

But, then again, I grew up in Virginia and own a few guns...and that didn't "show" on the compass, so perhaps I shouldn't make such assumptions.

josh said...

Economic Left/Right: -4.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.79

Miranda said...

I'm not going to help you obtain your dream "red" reader dear-e-o: Economic Left/Right: -6.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.97

The test puts me a bit past Gandhi, and, well, that puts a smile on my face.