I have a theory, but I don't want to give it away just yet. Instead, I'd like to ask you a few questions about ideology and personal preferences and see if they conform to my theory. Anyone care to help me?
1) What is more important to you, winning or playing fair?
2) In an argument, what do you see as more important, winning the argument or being right?
3) Do your answers change for either question 1 or question 2 if you are talking about you personally being involved vs. this applying to someone you are rooting for? An example of what I’m talking about would be, say in #1 you answered playing fair is more important, thinking we were talking about you and another person playing a game. But let’s say we’re talking about your favorite sports team, or a Presidential candidate…big picture abstract things. Would you rather see the team/candidate you were rooting for win even if it meant they’d need an unfair advantage to do so, or would you rather see your hopes dashed if it meant an unlevel playing field? Same would go for question 2, imagine say a political debate…would you rather see your candidate score points, even if the opponent’s position was more accurate, or would you rather see your person lose that part of the argument because they were wrong, even though overall that’s your candidate?
4) On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being as conservative as a person can be and 10 being as liberal as a person can be, where do you see yourself?
I’ve got some ideas about correlation between a person’s political ideology and what they value, and I’m just kind of curious what I’ll find (if there are enough conservatives on Fluther to give me a good baseline). I’ll follow up with my thoughts after I have enough answers.