Thursday, May 05, 2011

Political Identity Quiz

Take the 20-question Pew Research Center quiz on "political typology" to see where you fit politically. 

17 Comments:

At 5/05/2011 8:05 AM, Blogger Michael Hoff said...

I quit on question 3. The quiz is too limiting.

 
At 5/05/2011 8:19 AM, Blogger Prof J said...

Agreed. There are several questions where "neither" is my response.

 
At 5/05/2011 8:19 AM, Blogger Don said...

It's a tough quiz. I came out Libertarian, which is no surprise to me, although I don't identify as one (too many crazies in that group).

The immigration questions are hard, because it seems axiomatic to me that large number of immigrants DO change American values and customs, but that is not necessarily an argument for adopting an anti-immigration stance.

Stopping criminal immigration, curbing illegal immigration, encouraging immigration from those with skills to offer; all of this would help. Also, my views on immigration are tied to my views on the welfare state: limit the latter and the former is not such a problem.

 
At 5/05/2011 8:25 AM, Blogger Paul said...

I had problems with the immmigration questions also. I'm not in favor of importing Latin America's poverty. I'm all in favor of importing the world's best and brightest.

 
At 5/05/2011 8:44 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

I think the quiz is fair and the reasons the immigration questions are "tough" is because in my view - we ourselves as individuals are conflicted about the issue.

but not taking the test?

why not take it twice and change your answers to the questions that trouble you and see how the answers compare?

 
At 5/05/2011 8:49 AM, Blogger Mike said...

The only thing about this quiz that I may find interesting is if the results say something completely different than how you'd describe yourself....anyone?

 
At 5/05/2011 8:53 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

not for me. I found some questions hard to answer but others were a no-brainer for me.

 
At 5/05/2011 9:21 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Hmmm, I think some folks have a hard time understanding that of the two choices (quite limiting I agree) neither of them is 'wrong' answer per se...

Paul notes: "I had problems with the immmigration questions also. I'm not in favor of importing Latin America's poverty"...

Well that's a good point...

How does Pew work the following into their test? Payments to U.S.-born children rose to $52 million in July, prompting calls for policy changes

 
At 5/05/2011 10:54 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Apparently I am a "staunch conservative".

Regarding illegals, there is a very simple way to defeat the anchor baby syndrome: Congress should pass a law denying citizenship to those born in this country to non-citizens and their progeny retroactive to 1970. As part of this law, Congress removes from the Supreme Court the authority to review the law (as is its prerogative). Next, mass deportations take place. The whole problem would then be resolved in a year or less.

The simple truth is no one in America ever wanted to be subsumed into Latin America. Had the dishonest pols taken a real vote on this in 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 or today huge majorities of the public would have opposed this. Yet, their intentional failure to act has brought us to a budgetary and demographic crisis from which we might never recover unless we act now.

 
At 5/05/2011 10:55 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

My result: Post-Moderns
13% of the public

I make tests/rubrics and teach how to pass tests. The proper answer in this case is subjective and is what you consider the most correct answer of the two to be.

Prof J: then neither would be the most correct choice.

Usually on a multiple choice test, a correct answer in the first part of the test is early such as A or B; however, the most correct answer is later on such as C, D, or E. The second half of the test is often the other way around to fool those looking for patterns. Either way, you don't stop looking after you find one correct answer because there can be a better one. If you don't know the answer, you eliminate everything you know to be wrong and make an educated guess of what is left.

 
At 5/05/2011 11:09 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

Ditto on quitting due to limiting responses.

 
At 5/05/2011 12:44 PM, Blogger Eric H said...

It should be called the False Dilemma Political Identity Quiz.

I'm surprised they didn't have the classic "does the 2nd Amendment guarantee your right to keep and bear arms?"

 
At 5/05/2011 6:30 PM, OpenID Sprewell said...

Correctly pegged me as closest to libertarian, though I'm really an anarcho-capitalist, which is probably too fringe to be on their quiz. ;)

 
At 5/06/2011 3:13 AM, Blogger Plans to Prosper said...

I'm also frustrated by this quiz. Too many questions of the form "(A and B) or (C and D)" where my true belief is (A and D). The choices are so stereotypical that I ended up just choosing the ones I knew would give me the stereotype I already identify as (and it worked).

 
At 5/06/2011 3:24 AM, Blogger George said...

The actual descriptions of political groups were very interesting.

The questions gave two nonexclusive, non-covering radical opinions.

I came out not with the name tag I use, but with a description close to mine. However this is much better than a three-question test.

 
At 5/07/2011 1:02 AM, Blogger Ian Random said...

The question on homosexuality is too black and white. After listening to conservatives like Dennis Prager and Michael Medved, I agree it should be treated neutrally.

 
At 5/07/2011 6:13 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

well.. there seems to be a little bit of " don't ask me questions about my opinion - as a way to calibrate where I am on the political spectrum".

I don't really have a problem with it especially if one has taken more than one of these; the results usually fall within an expected range.

I've never taken two of these and had them classify me at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

I found MOST of the questions on this particular one to be fairly straight-forward in terms of trying to ascertain if one was a social and/or fiscal conservative - or not and whether one believes the govt has a role in these issues - or not.

There ARE some folks that defy simplistic categorizing... but for myself - I find contradictory positions revealing and perhaps sometimes betraying conflicts within the individual.

That's not a bad thing if you're still evolving and calibrating who you are - and are not.

 

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