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Political Compass is going around again.

Economic Left/Right: 0.62
Authoritarian/Libertarian: -6.21

Heh, I am a right-winger! Go megacorps! (This statement does not reflect the views of Siemens Health Services, and is purely an expression of opinion and not an assertion of fact. Buy more Siemens products.)

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From: xdt
2003-06-27 10:31 pm (UTC)
Economic Left/Right: -3.38
Authoritarian/Libertarian: -1.85
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[User Picture]From: nonexistent
2003-06-27 10:37 pm (UTC)
Feh. I don't need no stinking test to tell me what my political beliefs are. (Besides, that one is quite biased.)
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From: thedexter
2003-06-27 10:49 pm (UTC)
uh ... how is it biased? you can strongly agree or disagree with all its statements.

anyway, I've taken similar tests and I'm usually right atop the Green party. so... there you go.
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[User Picture]From: nonexistent
2003-06-27 10:57 pm (UTC)
The wording of many questions is not neutral (e.g. "The growing fusion between information and entertainment is a worrying contribution to the public's shrinking attention span."). Others 'hint' at what the 'correct' answer should be ("It's a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product."). Hell, some are unabashedly incorporating political slogans: "On environmental issues, thinking globally and acting locally is a basically good idea.". "Thing globally, act locally" is a slogan used internationally by Green parties.

Any pollster who asked questions in this manner would not have their data taken seriously by any statistician or social scientist worth his/her salt.
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From: xdt
2003-06-28 12:25 am (UTC)
There is no neutral, to require people to think about the problem. Read the FAQ.
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[User Picture]From: nonexistent
2003-06-28 01:06 am (UTC)
> There is no neutral, to require people to think about the problem.

I'm sorry, was this sentence supposed to have coherent meaning?

At any rate, reading the FAQ is only more perplexing. The authors *know* they're writing biased questions, but write off this fact by claiming that their survey isn't *really* a survey. This is approximately equivalent to calling a rose a mammal, and then defending that statement by claiming you're not really making an assertion about biology (it just looks that way to all appearances).
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