Journal: News & Comment

Saturday, April 20, 2002
# 11:21:00 AM:

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On the spectrum

The Web is full of political orientation surveys and quizzes (never mind the thousands of other surveys). I took a few this morning.

Although I'm a middle-class white male who runs my own business, according to the U.K.-based "political compass" survey, I'm a substantially left-leaning libertarian (Economic 5.50 left, Libertarian 6.97). In a way I knew that, but I didn't realize that my views were, to some people's minds, extreme.

Another, shorter survey gives me a similar skew, but with a different emphasis, calling me a "left-liberal," which is probably more how I'd describe myself. If I were American, the U.S. "party match" quiz says my opinions most closely match the policies of the Green Party, then the Democrats, then the Republicans. Then there's this one, which calls me a "social liberal."

Seems pretty clear. Will I, as most people are expected to, become more conservative as I age? So far I see few signs of that.


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