Flunking a political quiz
Posted by aogTuesday, 11 April 2006 at 21:20 TrackBack Ping URL

I took the IOP Political Personality Test (via Brothers Judd) and I have to say, I was much less than impressed. My result was “Secular Centrist” with the following characteristics:

  1. Strongly supportive of gay rights.
  2. Believe strongly in the separation of church and state.
  3. Less supportive of affirmative action than most college students.
  4. Less likely to be concerned about the environment than most college students.
  5. Less likely to believe in basic health insurance as a right than most college students.

(1) is just plain wrong. I am weakly in favor of gay rights, but primarily in so far as I am a coot and part of the “just leave each other alone” contingent.

I don’t have strong feelings about (2), either. Certainly the State should not be involved directly with the Church, but that’s not what is currently meant by this phrase. I have no problem with indirect control of the State by the Church, in which the Church guides the state because the people who get elected believe the same things as the Church. I would certainly prefer that to the State being controlled by the Left.

(3) is probably right, although I am not sure how much college students support affirmative action. I, personally, am very strongly opposed.

(4) was based on a trick question, “should the government be concerned about protecting the environment as it is about protecting jobs?”. That’s hard to answer for someone who thinks the government has zero responsibility for “protecting jobs”. So, I do agree with that statement but in a technical rather than common understanding sense.

I think (5) is correct though, as I don’t believe that there is any right whatsoever to basic health insurance, so college students couldn’t possibly believe in it less than I do.

Overall, it doesn’t seem to have been more accurate than chance. But I am perhaps not the best test case.

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pj Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 11:24

It was certainly a very crude quiz. I came out as a Traditional Conservative which is hardly how most old-fashioned conservatives would view me. I also found many of the questions difficult to answer, and pregnant with assumptions I would reject.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 12 April 2006 at 12:19

Yes, I think point (4) above is the best example of that.

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