My shocking political quiz score

I took a political quiz today just to see what would happen. It was one of those that puts you on a Nolan chart at the end. It said I was center-left. I’ll wait for you to finish laughing.

Here’s my score, graphed:

This was amusing to me but not surprising once I’d given some thought to how the result is calculated: by averaging everything out.

To be clear: I do think of myself as a right-leaning centrist for essentially that same reason. But let’s unpack that anyway. These days there are only a few political issues I feel very strongly about without reservation:

  • I am pretty firmly opposed to legal abortion.
  • I am supportive of gun rights.
  • I think immigration should be more restricted and more tightly enforced than it currently is.

There are some issues I feel strongly about, with caveats:

  • I want drugs legalized, but only if we also make our dominant popular culture a lot more anti-drug and generally G-rated than it already is.
  • Legalizing gay marriage was a mistake, but we should eliminate more barriers to gay civil unions, adoptions, hospital visitation, etc.
  • I am broadly supportive of public schools and consider them a point of civic pride, but I think there is a lot of reform needed, such as less money spent on pseudo-academic programs and sports, and more spent on lunch and attracting better teachers (of actual important subjects). I’m not sure whether universities should be further privatized or further publicly subsidized.
  • No-fault divorce was probably a mistake, but I’m not too familiar with the specifics.
  • I’m generally pretty non-interventionist in terms of foreign policy, but I think there are also a lot of tough calls and a lot of situations where I could envision my viewpoint potentially changing if I knew more of the facts.
  • Euthanasia seems like a bad thing to legalize, but I’m not very familiar with all the arguments for and against.

Of my bulleted views above, I only count two (drugs and schools) as decidedly left-wing, and one as libertarian (non-interventionism). I’m basically totally unsure where I stand on stuff like…

  • Trade policy;
  • Taxes;
  • Welfare (not counting speculative proposals like universal basic income, which I oppose);
  • Various market regulations;
  • Funding for arts and public media;
  • Military spending;
  • The draft;
  • Healthcare policy;
  • Policies having to do with the internet, phones, and other similar technologies.

But somehow when you average it all up it puts me at center-left. Funny how that works.

Not all of these issues were discussed in the quiz I took, by the way, and I’m probably leaving out some that were. These are just various issues I’m thinking of off the top of my head that illustrate my all-over-the-place-ness. If I think of more later I’ll add them in edits, if I remember to.

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4 thoughts on “My shocking political quiz score

  1. What do you think the difference between legal homosexual marriage and legal homosexual civil union is? (Assuming religion-state separation.)

    • Marriage is called marriage and carries that cultural significance. Marriage is (or ought to be) specific to a set of people: men and women starting families together. If other sets of people want to do that, fine, but there should be a different institution for that. It’s like how Jews have Bar Mitzvas as rite of passage into adulthood; non-Jews are free to have their own similar rites, but they shouldn’t call them Bar Mitzvas. Similarly, if a Jewish family wants to sprinkle water on a baby and welcome it into the faith, they shouldn’t call it a Christening!

      • So your opposition is literally only over the *name*? I guess you could call “marriage” a religious ceremony only.

      • The name carries a lot of significance, as it should. And tying marriage to a set of benefits, in one simple action without having to get a religious marriage and then go get a separate civil union on top of it, is a good idea. It incentivizes people to get married, makes it easier for married couples to access those benefits, and also privileges the status of marriage, which is important.

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