There's only one week left till the 2006 midterm election. In the spirit of the season, I've taken a couple of different political quizzes with some interesting results. Basically, they both ask a few questions about where you stand on the issues and out pops what kind of political philosophy you have. The image at the top is the results of a quiz based on where you stand on the current election year issues and is at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2006/special/issues/caucus/quiz.html
Two observations about the results: One, If you draw a line through my results in the image above, it makes a sort of oblong C-shape. On the CNN site you can see other people's comments, along with their graphs, and I hardly found anyone who has a graph with such a stretched C shape and no one with the dots in the exact same places as mine.
Secondly, I think it's very revealing when someone's dots end up straight up and down on either the right side or the left side. It leaves me wondering whether this person has ever thought for themselves or they just click on what looks most Democrat or most Republican. You can tell from their comments that the former is probably the case. Try the quiz out and compare your results with mine.
And here is the picture of the second quiz. This one is more based on general political philosophy. I have thought of myself as somewhat in the middle over the past few years and I think, as you can see by the red dot, this quiz confirms it. I am almost exactly in the middle. The way this one works is very interesting. The idea is the basically there are two types of issues: personal and economic issues. And there are two ways of dealing with these issues: government hands-on and government hands-off. Therefore, doing the math, there are four possible combinations.
The libertarian position is one where the government should take a hands-off approach toward both personal and economic issues. The populist position is the opposite extreme of this and says that the government should take a hands-on approach to both personal and economic issues. So these two philosophies take extreme positions when it comes to government intervention.
The conservative position is one where the government should take a hands-off approach when it comes to economic issues but a hands-on approach when it comes to personal issues. The liberal position is the inverse, where the government should take a hands-on approach when it comes to economic issues but a hands-off approach when it comes to personal issues. Compare your results with mine by going to the following link, clicking the radio button for "political philosophy" and then taking the quiz. http://www.speakout.com/VoteMatch/