Since I take an unreasonable delight from political tests, I couldn’t resist this one created by PBS for the U.S. election.
I end up getting an “Average Republican” rating, although I score “Very conservative” on economic issues and “Very liberal” on social issues. No surprise there, although I don’t necessarily agree that it adds up to being an average Republican.
The main problem with the test is that it has too few questions (which means that each question has an undue influence on the result), and that it doesn’t let you signal whether you care about an issue or not. Also, I would still to see questions along the radical-conservative axis — that is, questions about the pace and style of reform, rather than the reform’s contents — but I have yet to discover a test that incorporates this.
On the other hand, the test does perhaps illustrate that the two parties leave a lot of people wanting, by having a narrower span of views than they used to.
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