From time to time I think it is fun to revisit this topic, especially since there is a natural tendency for people to assume that mainstream means their own viewpoint.

I myself have fallen into the trap before and so to test myself for real I have gone to several of the political ideology tests on the web to find out where I really stand. I thought it might be fun for the rest of you to do the same.

One of the best sites I have found is Political Compass. This site looks at political ideology both from an economic viewpoint and also from the aspect of government and authority. It assigns you scores ranging from -10 to + 10 for each viewpoint and shows you where you stand.

In terms of interpretation of the scale I’d say that scores from 0 to 2.5 in either direction place you in the category of moderate, scores from 2.5 to 7.5 in either direction place you in some form of mainstream liberal/conservative and anything beyond 7.5 puts you in the extreme category (since by definition of the scale -10 or +10 are as far over as you can get and include folks like Hitler/Stalin/etc). It is an international quiz so you are able to compare yourself to people around the world.

If course most of the questions are subject to interpretation and so if you take the test 3 or 4 times in a week you are likely to get slightly different scores each time. But it seems that there is a fairly small range to your scores.

The second test is Vote Match and is geared more to US politics. You answer a series of questions and it matches you to Presidential candidates or members of the Senate. Again, there is a degree of interpretation but it is also a fun quiz.

So take the tests and post your scores.

Just to start the ball rolling, when I took the Compass test I ended up with a small range of scores but my economic results tended to be in the 1-3 range while my authority result ranged in the 0 to -2 range. So in all cases I ended up as a moderate but with a slight left tilt on authority and a slight right tilt on economics.

In the Match quiz I looked to Senate members (there is a choice to show your top and bottom 10 Senate matches) and interestingly ended up with an equal match of GOP and Dems in my top 10 but mostly GOP in the bottom.

So chime on in folks

PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor
Leave a replyComments (23)
  1. SteveK January 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Here’s the “Political Compass” test:

    And here’s my results (this time around):
    Economic Left / Right: -4.38
    Social Libertarian / Authoritarian: -4.05


    Here’s my past results:

    Economic Left/Right: -1.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.64

    Economic Left/Right: -3.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.72

    Economic Left/Right: -4.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.49

    Economic Left/Right: -2.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.67

    Guess I’m gliding left.

  2. The_Ohioan January 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Economic -4.38
    Social -3.18

  3. ELIJAH SWEETE January 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

    This is always one of my favorite exercises at TMV even though the results are consistent. I don’t keep past years’ scores like SteveK, but I am usually economically near center line moderate and socially very liberal. Pretty much the same this time.

    The scores:
    Economic Left/Right: -0.62
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.77

  4. JSpencer January 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Right smack in the middle of the lower left quadrant… where I was last time.

  5. slamfu January 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Economic: -1.4
    Social: -2.5

    Funny how Obama and Romney are almost the same on that chart.

  6. RON BEASLEY January 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Economic Left/Right: -6.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.46
    I don’t keep track of past results but I think this is consistent.

  7. ordinarysparrow January 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Economic Left/Right: -5.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.41

    Sitting one row under Gandhi in the lower left quadrant, right by JS, in the middle of the green… very close to where i was last time….

  8. SteveK January 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    tidbits – You’ve become a little more conservative economically speaking but your liberal social leanings are exactly the same as they were on 11/1/2009:

    Economic Left/Right: -1.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.77

    Edit to add: If you enjoy going back and reading old TMV posts my link to tidbits results takes you to Patrick’s article on the same subject… 4 years ago.

    It adds a little perspective to who we are and who we were. I enjoy reading comments both of those still posting and being reminded of those no longer on board.

  9. roro80 January 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Economic Left/Right: -6.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.59

    Well, yeah. Me, Ghandi, and the Dalai Lama. I’m ok with it. :)

  10. sheknows January 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Economic left/right -7.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -5.28

    I think that’s about right for me in today’s political atmosphere. :)

  11. ELIJAH SWEETE January 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Steve.

    Yes, it’s always interesting to look back and compare. Many old voices that are no longer with us, but many new and fresh voices now. I’m not sure how to take all this, but I think it makes me feel old. 😉


  12. SteveK January 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Here’s the current Political Compass Chart showing world leaders…

    If you have trouble finding President Obama it’s probably because you bought into the wing-nuts “Obama is a liberal socialist” talking point and have been looking in the wrong section.

    Hint: OUR President is 6th from the top on the Authoritarian / Right… Too funny!

    Edit to add: We may be getting older tidbits but let’s not rush into this ‘feeling old’ silliness any faster than we have to.

  13. justcowboyway January 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    “I’m not sure how to take all this, but I think it makes me feel old”. I think that I’m just overly experienced.

  14. ordinarysparrow January 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Steve K…. hahahaha… it’s true…

    Obama, Zuma, Mitt, and Bashar al-Assad are more alike than most of us….

    But how are those determined?

  15. cincyindep January 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Economic Left/Right: -5.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.46

    Egads! I’m a bleeding heart liberal! It’s funny though, some other poll I took said that I was 76% Republican to 43% Democrat (the math on that is a little fuzzy as GHWBush would say).

  16. Rambie January 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Economic Left/Right: -4.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.82

    I feel in good company with the Dalai Lama and Ghandi, as well as others here on TMV. :) I know I’ve taken this poll before but can’t remember what my score was then, but IIRC I was in the same quadrant.

  17. STinMN January 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Economic Left/Right: -6.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.69

  18. jdledell January 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    My scores were:
    4.62 = Economic
    3.95 = Social

  19. Kevin Purcell January 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Economic -2.25
    Social -3.28

    Same dot spot as Nelson Mandela.

  20. Chickenfarmer January 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Economic Left/Right -5.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -2.87

    Never taken this quiz before so I was surprised at the first score but I’m in good company!

  21. ShannonLeee January 28, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Economic Left/Right: -2.62
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.18

    there is still a little economic conservative in me… but everything else is sliding to the left.

  22. El Zagna January 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Economic Left/Right: -5.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.23

    I would have guessed that I would have been closer to the middle on the economic scale and farther down on the social scale.

  23. epiphyte January 29, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Economic Left/Right: -6.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.44

    …but you already knew that :)