I'm an "upbeat"?

By Razib Khan | August 30, 2006 11:43 am

I noticed some blogs were talking about a new Pew Political Typology, and I decided to take their survey to see where I fit in. It said I was an Upbeat, which seemed wrong to me as I’m not that partisan (I voted for Kerry though my registration is Republican). So I took the Political Compass test, and I got my usual result:
Economic Left/Right: 2.13 (I’m fiscally conservative)
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.38 (I’m socially liberal)
I’m a moderate libertarian who leans toward the slightly more liberal side. My political intensity has been decreasing over the years, and I’ve probably gotten a bit more liberal, so the non-trivially partisan “Upbeat” result took me by surprise. Anyone else have a weird result from the Pew Survey? The questions seemed a bit too black & white for me. Not a big deal, but people talk about it as if the categories are meaningful.

  • John Emerson

    I think that the particulars of the Bush administration have made a lot of people politically homeless. His cheap politicking, catering to the stupidest religionists, fiscal weirdness, and military rashness are hard for many conservatives and most libertarians to stomach. You really have to support a speculative go-for-broke holy war in order to support him.

  • Irrelephant

    Thanks for the links; I didn’t know that Political Compass test. I seem to be a bit extreme (arond -7 in both axes) but at least the other people in the quadrant are nice chaps like Mandela, Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. I guess I’d be a radical leftist in the US, though in my home country (Chile) and current country (France) I pass as moderate left. The compass seems to be quite universal, only the location of the “center” is country-dependent, imho.

  • dcmichelle

    “Economic Left/Right: 2.13 (I’m fiscally conservative)
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.38 (I’m socially liberal)”
    So, you want the social programs, but don’t want to pay for ’em?

  • http://www.scienceblogs.com/gnxp razib

    if you are joking, use a smiley face, and if you aren’t, read a bit more outside politics outside your own ghetto, since the “socially liberal & fiscally conservative” combo isn’t that exotic.

  • dcmichelle

    I was joking — sheesh… :) :) :) :) :) :)

  • http://www.scienceblogs.com/gnxp razib

    itz all good 8=)

  • somnilista, FCD

    The Political Compass test has some questions to which the answers might be influenced by recent events; i.e. scores might vary over time. For example: Our civil liberties are being excessively curbed in the name of counter-terrorism. I certainly agree with that much more than I would have 7 years ago.

    Economic Left/Right: -3.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.03
    Nearest neighbor: Gandhi
    I don’t understand what the astrology question was doing in there.

    Pew test: Most elected officials don’t care what people like me think – I’m an atheist. I believe that most politicians do not care what atheists think, and there is plenty of actual data to back that up.

    I’m a “Liberal.” Whoop-a-dee.


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