6 thoughts on “Political Compass”

  1. Woo, scored just southeast of Gandhi.

    Some of the questions seem a little loaded. For example, I’m not generally in favor of the death penalty, but I can think of contexts where it makes sense. With a quiz like this, I get stuck guessing what they mean by words like “sometimes,” and whether their interpretation is similar to mine. (Yeah, yeah, I remember this, it isn’t much use when one party has specific meanings in mind and another one doesn’t.)

  2. Yeah, “Is X sometimes OK” always switched my answer to the more extreme option. I don’t trust my imagination enough to exclude all possibilities.

  3. I saw a similar quiz that posed questions like “Is government welfare ok?” (Yes/No/Sometimes)

    Stuff like that is why I don’t trust standardized testing in general. It’s very difficult to phrase unambiguous questions with multiple choice answers, and it’s very difficult to consistently interpret written answers.

  4. Maybe the idea is that if you ask the more or less same question 20 different ways, you get a better sense of the person’s position (given the different wording will slightly change their answers).

    Didn’t you feel like a lot of the questions were repetitive, some to the point of being worded almost exactly the same?

  5. Not exactly, though I did spot a few pairs split between different pages. Some of the questions do seem to overlap in such a way that you can’t answer questions within certain groups differently without contradicting yourself.

    It seems like these quizzes are more useful for gauging the average mentality over a wide sample group than for applying metrics to an individual. Bigger samples -> phrasing ambiguities get smoothed out.

    That said, I’m convinced that you can invert some responses to a statistically significant degree merely by rephrasing questions.

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