PolitiScales – online political test

Mefrostate stated:

Highly recommend the test of political ideology.

It uses 8 scales to describe your political views. I don’t want to bias people by showing the scales yet though, so will add them below later on.

Online political test: PolitiScales

Welcome to the PolitiScale, the online political test. You will be confronted to a series of affirmations and for each of them you will have to click on the button which corresponds the most to your opinion.

 The questions assume that your are a citizen of a multi-parti political system and a market economy.

 You can always avoid answering a question. But if you do not understand the meaning of one of them, try to invert its meaning for a better understanding of what is implied.

 This test tries to represent the wider set of ideas as possible and contains some phrases that can be shocking, notably concerning racism and homosexuality.

I suggest doing the test before reading comments here as they may discuss the test and it’s results.

 

29 Comments

  1. Mefrostate

     /  February 14, 2018

    I’ll start proceedings by posting my results, but again recommend people do the test before finding out their results.

    Very comfortable with mine. Socially liberal, internationalist, pretty capitalist and pro-markets but acknowledge the need for regulation and competition.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 14, 2018

    Some questions are leading, some use emotive language like ‘exploit’ and some are so badly worded that they barely make sense, like the insertion of prisoners. There are some that cannot easily be answered as there are too many things that would need to be taken into account.

    There are 117 of them !

    I’d say that I couldn’t see a lot of point in it, if I am honest.

    • Mefrostate

       /  February 14, 2018

      I think the idea of having 117 is that there are sufficient questions to smooth over issues of interpretation or complexity, and still produce a picture of one’s broad leanings.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 14, 2018

        I found that some were too general to be really answerable.

  3. I’m a bit surprised by some of my results. For example I prefer restorative justice where possible, but see a need for some punitive justice as well.

    I was unable to answer some questions.

    • Mefrostate

       /  February 14, 2018

      Gee those are pretty similar to me, Pete. I think I’d have pegged you at a bit more laissez-faire.

  4. Gezza

     /  February 14, 2018

    • Mefrostate

       /  February 15, 2018

      14% regulationnism huh? I knew you loved red tape deep down.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 15, 2018

        Regulations to support property rights and freedoms are ok, Mefro.

        • Mefrostate

           /  February 15, 2018

          I agree, which is why it’s better to attack regulations for their specific merits, rather than endlessly ranting about all regulation, in general.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 15, 2018

      Posting the full link rather than just the image shows this as well:
      Additional characteristics

      Pragmatism : politics objectively boil down to looking at where the problems are and trying to solve them according to the means available.

      Wondering what yours was, Sir Gerald.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 15, 2018

        All the links posted so far show the same text at the bottom.

      • Gezza

         /  February 15, 2018

        Sorry Alan. I can’t remember noticing any text below & the uncropped first screenshot I took filled the screen & didn’t include the text.

        I agree with Kitty’s comments about many of the questions. Many were effectively unanswerable for me as they were too simplistic or confusing. I skipped a lot more than I expected to. It’s more directly relevant to US citizens, I think, than to us.

        So I’m not sure how much I really agree with my results, although the summary at the top is broadly right I imagine.

        The high Communism, and possibly Regulationism, percentages for me are too high & imo just wrong, but what they mean by those in a US context is unclear.

        • Gezza

           /  February 15, 2018

          Another one I do not agree with is my result for punitive justice. I don’t believe in punitive justice in the sense that I see little value in imprisonent as punishment for most crimes.

          I believe in imprisonment for the safety of society for incurably recidivist or dangerous criminals. In all other respects I prefer restorative & rehabilitative justice.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  February 15, 2018

          Nah, you love bureaucracy and communism, Sir Gerald. Sticks out like a sore thumb. A lifetime in the middle of it has wreaked havoc on your bearings sad to say. But I’ll try to rehabilitate you if you give me a chance.

          • Gezza

             /  February 15, 2018

            No, my experience in the bureaucracy has left me with a marked distaste for inefficiency, waste, pointless procedures, office politics, poor leadership, & senior managerial incompetence in government departments, Sir Alan. But most of that, where it does exist, I believe has come from politicians buggering up things that worked.

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  February 15, 2018

    I found some of the questions pretty leading as well. Some wording presupposed a position was bad – as Kitty said using words like “exploit” is not helpful. It can influence your answer.

    http://www.politiscales.net/en_US/results/?m0=12&m1=50&p1=67&p0=5&e0=19&e1=36&c1=67&c0=5&j1=29&j0=33&t1=40&t0=19&b0=19&b1=38&s0=48&s1=19&prag=100

    • Mefrostate

       /  February 15, 2018

      But even if “exploit” is an emotive word, the way you respond to it will give insight into your political leanings. E.g. if you hear “exploit” and think ‘yes, capitalism exploits workers’ then your strong agreement will be indicative of your marxist leanings. If you hear “exploit” and think ‘that’s a loaded word, voluntary contracts can’t be exploitative’ then your strong disagreement will be indicative of your capitalism.

      And it clearly seems to be working, since your results don’t look to have been influenced by the authors’ bias. Are you happy with your results?

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  February 15, 2018

    I think this explains the wording of the questions:

    Who are we ?
    Radicalized on the Internet is a collective offering popular political content on the Internet, definitions and a bibliography on themes dear to the radical left. Here you will find bases and reflections on the struggles against capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism or nationalism. We wish to be accessible to the greatest number and our articles are regularly updated.

    • Blazer

       /  February 15, 2018

      ooooohhh…scary…contact the Maxim Institute to re direct some…drones.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 15, 2018

        Just pointing out the possible bias I saw in the questions Blazer.
        The only drone around here is…you.

  7. Chuck Bird

     /  February 15, 2018

    I did the survey but am having difficulty displaying the results here. I put the link but that does not do it.

    http://www.politiscales.net/en_US/results/?p0=14&p1=64&j1=50&j0=17&m1=33&m0=29&c0=10&c1=60&s0=31&s1=38&femi=10&t1=57&t0=14&b1=50&b0=24&e0=14&e1=55&prag=67

    • Blazer

       /  February 15, 2018

      don’t tell me..colour block down the right hand…side.

    • Gezza

       /  February 15, 2018

      Here, Chuck

      Your link lets us view the page saved on the Politiscales site, but as it’s not a hosted page with a .jpg URL it can’t be displayed here as an image. If you know how to save a screenshot to your computer, this free site lets you upload it & turn into a pasteable jpg.

      https://imgflip.com/