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Analysis on Political Philosophies Quiz Results?

Asked by syriansteve (41 points ) September 8th, 2010

I did a Political Quiz at self-gov.org and I answered as follow:

Personal Issues
Disagree Maybe Agree

Government should not censor speech, press, media, or internet. Maybe

Military service should be voluntary. There should be no draft. Disagree

There should be no laws regarding sex for consenting adults. Maybe

Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs. Disagree

There should be no National ID card. Disagree

Economic Issues
Disagree Maybe Agree

End “corporate welfare.” No government handouts to business. Maybe

End government barriers to international free trade. Disagree

Let people control their own retirement; privatize Social Security. Agree

Replace government welfare with private charity. maybe

Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or more. Agree

And the results were as follow:

Your PERSONAL issues Score is 20%

Your ECONOMIC issues Score is 60%

According to your answers, the political group that agrees with you most is… Conservative

Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates “traditional values.” They oppose excessive government control of business, while endorsing government action to defend morality and the traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.

if you was me, and had the results above, then
How would you read and analysis my results comparing them to the answers I got?
Also how would you compare the Conservatives to the other Political Philosophies Explained below?

Political Philosophies:

Left (Liberal)

Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded “safety net” to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.
Libertarian

Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.
Centrist

Centrist espouse a “middle ground” regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose “political extremes,” and emphasize what they describe as “practical” solutions to problems.
Right (Conservative)

Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates “traditional values.” They oppose excessive government control of business, while endorsing government action to defend morality and the traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.
Statists (Big Government)

Statists want government to have a great deal of power over the economy and individual behavior. They frequently doubt whether economic liberty and individual freedom are practical options in today’s world. Statists tend to distrust the free market, support high taxes and centralized planning of the economy, oppose diverse lifestyles, and question the importance of civil liberties.

Explain your thoughts as much as you can. Try to give detailed answers.
**Please accurate answers, try not to go off-topic.

I’m asking you if you agree with the quiz?
I’m asking you if you agree with their definitions of conservative, liberal, etc.?
I’m asking you if my answers resulted in a correct analysis?

Many Thanks!!

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tedd's avatar

There was nothing too discerning in your answers til two of the last 3. Privatizing social security has been a FAR FAR FAR right thing (a few tea partiers are running on it now) for a while. And cutting taxes and government spending has been the Republican/Conservative motto since Reagan took office 30 years ago.

I would imagine those two answers put you into the conservative grouping.

Seek's avatar

This test was tiny and obvious.

Try this one instead. I ran this one as a question on Answerbag a couple of years ago, and some people were actually surprised that they had been voting for a party they didn’t really agree with all this time.

weeveeship's avatar

You are at least a fiscal conservative (SocSec and cut taxes). Not sure about the personal side, though.

Whitsoxdude's avatar

I have taken that test and it seems a bit biased towards libertarians.
@Seek_Kolinahr I just tried that one and some of the questions did not make any political sense at all. The lack of a ‘could go either way’ button, caused me to give some answers I normally would never give. I also got a republican score just because of the fact that I don’t believe in astrology.

tedd's avatar

I took one on facebook that had like 80 questions and you rated them on like a 1–5 scale how much you agreed with something.

It was a very good test. Sorry I’m way too lazy to look it up, lol.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

The thingy said I was a Centrist. I didn’t even know that was a term. Sounds about right, I guess. The one question about drugs is dumbly worded because who’s going to choose to “repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs”. I agree that marijuana has some merit, but crack is whack and should stay illegal. I know it used to suppossedly cure headaches and everything, but it’s really not a good thing.

Centrist espouse a “middle ground” regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose “political extremes,” and emphasize what they describe as “practical” solutions to problems.

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