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Written on April 20, 2006

Your Quiz Score: Liberal:

ACCORDING TO YOUR ANSWERS, The political description that fits you best is… . LIBERAL


LIBERALS usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded “safety net” to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.

Interesting how the different categories break down:

Centrist 32.08 %
Right (Conservative) 7.73 %
Libertarian 33.98 %
Left (Liberal) 18.21 %
Statist (Big Government) 8.00 %

One could argue that the Statists are the most vocal part of the right: lumping them and the traditional conservatives together still doesn’t equal self-identified Liberals, who are supposedly the fringe party.

I’ve long claimed that one should decide what you believe in and find a party or organization that shares those ideals: I don’t think most people do that. My take on it has always been that people associate themselves with a party based on the social appeal. Liberalism has been stigmatized for the past 15 years as a result of the right-wing’s constant framing efforts: being conservative has been portrayed as reasonable and moderate, mature and responsible. Anyone who has followed the nation’s financial predicament and our train-wreck of a foreign policy would find a disconnect.

The other curiosity was the high percentage of libertarians, but I suspect that’s an artifact of this being an internet-based quiz. And I realize now that this quiz is offered by a libertarian activist group, so there is some skewing/framing in the definitions. The political compass does a better job w/o an agenda.

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