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April 15th, 2005
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An even cooler "what are your politics" quiz and my results

I'm a raving leftie!

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From:girlofthemirror
Date:April 15th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I think this quiz is fantastic, really interesting. Thanks for the link
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From:mpinna
Date:April 15th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for that, it was interesting :-)
I'm nearly you, apparently: my results
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From:lacuna
Date:April 15th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I defy anyone to be more left wing than me:

"Compared to other women
Of other women...

0.0% are significantly to your left
2.3% have views about the same as yours
97.6% are significantly to your right"

I score as "very left wing". Even I didn't know I was that left-wing.
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From:vyvyan
Date:April 16th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
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I defy anyone to be more left wing than me

I am!
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From:vyvyan
Date:April 16th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
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(Specifically:
"Compared to the whole population...

* 0.0% are significantly to your left
* 0.0% have views about the same as yours
* 100.0% are significantly to your right"
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From:ghoti
Date:April 16th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. that was me, too:)
From:nlj21
Date:April 15th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Hummm, this test seems to have the centre in a different place to Political Compass. Apparently I am centralist on the first access and very right-wing on the second (I imagine probably due to my (very) neo-liberal economics). Most amusing bit (for the second axis) is:

Green: 100.0% significantly to your left!

My results
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From:pjc50
Date:April 16th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
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Well, political compass is rigged to persuade people to think they are libertarian, whereas Political Survey is has its centre as the statistical centre of the results.
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From:lavendersparkle
Date:April 16th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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I know these things aren't perfect but I'm offended by it implying that I might be pro-war because I'm anti-protectionist. I've never been called right wing before in my life. (Don't worry, on the important axis I'm very left wing).
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From:ilanin
Date:April 16th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
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Yes, I found that lumping of issues together bizzarre as well. Every actual free-marketeer I know regards the Iraqi war as expensive and unnecessary.
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From:pw201
Date:April 16th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
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But that was what their statistics told them was an axis when they analysed the larger survey: they've dimensionally reduced the space of the answers to those two axes, of which the first is much more statistically significant (not more important in a moral sense). There's a link to Chris Lightfoot's blog entry on the front page of the site which explains how it works.
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From:owdbetts
Date:April 18th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I found this journal by accident, just curiously tracing how people I know had found out about this... Hope you don't mind me responding...

You shouldn't be offended by this; this is just a statistical analysis, not a value judgement.

The axes aren't arbitrary, indeed arguably the primary goal of this work was to determine these axes. On this (second) axis, the statistics show that people who are protentionist are typically against the war and vice versa, though this will obviously be far from universal. Chris does point out that this second axis is far less statistically significant than the first... (Meaning, don't read to much into it... :-)

-roy
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From:ilanin
Date:April 16th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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I score as "fairly left-wing" on the first axis and "very right-wing" on the second. I dispute their claim that the first is more important; most social problems are actually economic problems in disguise.

Not quite as left as edith_the_hutt, but more right than nlj21...
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From:rmc28
Date:April 17th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
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I think they meant important in the sense of useful for distinguishing people's responses. Or statistically significant, as pw201 says above.
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From:ptc24
Date:April 16th, 2005 08:46 am (UTC)
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How did I come out as right-wing on the second axis? Anyway, proper leftie on the important one.

Anyway, the first axis (the internationalist/rehabilitationist axis) - there's something odd about the distribution of the results there. It looks like there's one big Gaussian, a little to the right of center, and then a smaller one, further to the left. Like a bimodal distribution, except it isn't. The effect is more pronouced in the 18-34 graph.

Now I might be seeing things (it may well be an artefact of the noise in the data), but I might conjecture that there's one big on/off issue that divides people into a minority and a majority (the two "modes") and a big pile of variation on top of that.

(FYI I spend a fair amount of time looking at overlapping Gaussians in the lab. Except there's *much* less noise in the data, and by tweaking the experimental conditions the two peaks can be resolved. If it means anything to you, HPLC.)
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From:robert_jones
Date:April 16th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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What a surprise! I'm in the upper left hand corner. I think I could have told myself that. I feel a bit isolated, but at least I'm very nearly median for Guardian readers on the first axis.
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From:lockymclean
Date:April 16th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for spotting this one! I have posted my results on my own LJ page.

I ended up as ever-so-slightly right of centre on both counts, although slightly left of most Tories on social issues and slightly right on economic ones.
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From:rmc28
Date:April 17th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
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Me too! :)

In fact I am slightly more raving lefty than you :) Scarily, I appear to more raving lefty than most of my party.
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From:meirion
Date:April 18th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
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and i'm even more raving lefty than that! (-6.0; -0.5).

-m-
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 17th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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One problem; I may be socialist but I am not opposed to war as a last resort. And the other axis...
Abner
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