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Where are you on the political compass test?

Asked by gorillapaws (28258points) April 15th, 2020

Take the political compass test. What are your results? Are you surprised by your results? How closely do your positions align with your elected representatives?

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hmmmmmm's avatar


Economic Left/Right: -9.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.59

hmmmmmm's avatar

That’s the saved result from me taking the test a couple of years ago. So, not sure what to tell you.

rebbel's avatar

Economic Left/Right: 0.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.72

Answered randomly.

hmmmmmm's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me – I just took the test again. It’s been years. Here are my results:

Economic Left/Right: -8.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.97

LostInParadise's avatar

Economic Left/Right: -7.0
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.56

I am a little surprised. The economic indicator is about right, but I was expecting to register as more libertarian.

gondwanalon's avatar

I’m an Eeeevill mean spirited and hurtful conservative. HA!

Economic Left/Right = +5.0
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian = +1.38

dxs's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me There was a thread here a few years ago with this same test. At the time, I answered with only “Strongly Agree” or “Strongly Disagree” and it put me on the edge of the grid like @hmmmmmm.

Zaku's avatar

As usual, or perhaps a bit further from center than before:
Economic Left/Right: -9.0
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.03

Caravanfan's avatar

I’ve taken tests like this many times. I usually score deep down on the libertarian scale in the middle. Sometimes a little to the right, sometimes a little to the left—depends on my mood.

tinyfaery's avatar

Economic Left/Right: -5.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.15

I realize my own ideology does not align with most of America, and I am interested in making some change instead of handing everything over to the Repugs, so I vote accordingly.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Economic -3.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -2.46

Demosthenes's avatar

Economic Left/Right: -2.0
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.13

Pretty centrist. That’s more infuriating than being an extremist, isn’t it? :P

This test is also a good one:

I scored “Centrist” with balanced/moderate/neutral in nearly all categories, although I leaned “social” in economics, which surprised me. But still ultimately very moderate, as I’ve long been.

Caravanfan's avatar

Yep, took it again. I kind of hate this test—what’s with the question about bottled water and abstract art, and what does that have to do with anything?

Scored more or less where I always score. Centrist libertarian.

hmmmmmm's avatar

@Caravanfan – I’m also not a huge fan of the test. But it has been helpful over the years to approach the topic of a multi-axis model of politics. It (should) allow us to strip “social” and “economic” issues away from the simple left/right and allow us to discuss left/right in terms of economics.

re: bottled water – Here’s the question: “It’s a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.”

This seems like one of the more straightforward questions/statements. When talking to people in real life, I suspect you’ll easily see some differences in thought on this (those who oppose commodifying something as basic as water vs those who see it as a healthy expression of the market).

re: the abstract art question: “Abstract art that doesn’t represent anything shouldn’t be considered art at all.”

This is a very common opinion among conservatives that I have known, including many people in my family. I suspect this question is designed to gauge a general conservative leaning.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Libertarian. No surprise there.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Demosthenes Same here.
Overall Centrist.
Economic: Social
Diplomatic: Balanced
Civil: Moderate
Societal: Neutral

ucme's avatar

Economic Left/Right: -4.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.97

Whatever the fuck that means :D

KNOWITALL's avatar

@ucme It means we’re both cool cats, because our numbers are fairly close haha! :)

ucme's avatar

@KNOWITALL Fair enough, but we knew that anyway pet ;-}

KNOWITALL's avatar

@ucme True dat! Live and let live!

Zaku's avatar

Notice that this test has Bernie Sanders slightly left (-1.5) and libertarian (-1) of center, which puts him more centrist than some of you complaining the test is labeling you centrists. Also, almost as left and libertarian as the entire US POTUS 2020 candidate graph.

For me out in -9, -7 territory, pretty alienating.

And by the way, yes, damn straight abstract art is art, uncultured soulless conservative fools, and yes it’s disgusting bottled water has become such a product the way it has.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Zaku Out of curiosity, do you believe that only conservatives would answer the opposite of you when it comes to the abstract art and bottled water?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have always thought bottled water was really stupid.

Zaku's avatar

@KNOWITALL No, I don’t think that. I was partly joking with my above comment, where my intended implication was that conservatives who thought abstract art was not art (and who would like to exclude public support for it, or for all art) were ignorant and/or not part of a culture I value, which I find foolish and which all strikes me as foolish.

Jonsblond's avatar

Economic Left/Right: -6.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.41

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Zaku Makes sense now!

tinyfaery's avatar

From @Demosthenes test:

Economic Axis: Socialist
Diplomatic Axis: Peaceful
Civil Axis: Liberal
Societal Axis: Very Progressive
Closest Match: Libertarian Socialism

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Economic Left/Right: -6.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.64

I’m pretty sure in a nutshell it can be summed up as: I want to help other people as much as possible without trying to control their lives and I don’t want anyone trying to control my life.

Caravanfan's avatar

@hmmmmmm That makes sense, I guess. I love abstract art (I have a San Francisco Modern Art Museum membership, and it’s my only museum membership). I especially love German abstract impressionism. And I do drink bottled water from time to time if it’s convenient, although I try to avoid it and remember to use my Hydroflask.

@Demosthenes on your test I got no surprises
I got Economic axis Centrist 55/45
Diplomatic axis Peaceful 40/60
Civil Axis Liberal 70/30
Societl Axis Progressive 30/70

With closest match is Social Liberalism which is center-left and is about right.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Economic Axis: Centrist
Diplomatic Axis: Balanced
Civil Axis: Moderate
Societal Axis: Progressive
Closest Match: Liberalism

Jonsblond's avatar

Economic Axis: Socialist
Diplomatic Axis: Internationalist
Civil Axis: Libertarian
Societal Axis: Very Progressive

Closest Match: Libertarian Socialism

cookieman's avatar

Economic Left/Right: -6.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.33

I’m way in the green.

Jonsblond's avatar

^Our numbers are very similar.

cookieman's avatar

@Jonsblond: Not surprising or unwelcome my friend.

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